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Trees offer many benefits. They:

In botany, a tree is a perennial plant with an elongated stem, or trunk, usually supporting branches and leaves. In some usages, the definition of a tree may be narrower, including only woody plants with secondary growth, plants that are usable as lumber or plants above a specified height

Tree planting is one of the simplest and most effective ways of tackling climate change caused by greenhouse gas. As trees grow they absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), a major greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

  • clean the air
  • provide oxygen
  • cool the streets and the city - see heat island
  • conserve energy
  • save water
  • help prevent water pollution
  • help prevent soil erosion
  • shield children from ultra-violet rays
  • provide food - see fruit trees; some trees also have edible leaves.
  • provide an environment that improves mental well-being
  • reduce violence[verification needed] - perhaps by providing a calming and pleasant environment that encourages people to spend time outside.
  • increase business traffic - through creating an environment where people want to spend time
  • mark the seasons
  • create economic opportunities - through their fruit, leaves for mulch...
  • bring people together, for tree-plantings and for tree care
  • encourage civic pride
  • provide a canopy and habitat for wildlife
  • block unsightly views and muffle sound
  • provide wood
  • increase property values
  • self-replicate

Trees that provide food[edit | edit source]

Timber trees[edit | edit source]

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The basic ideas here come from Top 22 Benefits of Trees, www.treepeople.org but references are not given for the claims made - these could be given here, or in the articles linked from each point.

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Created April 9, 2010 by Chris Watkins
Modified October 19, 2023 by Irene Delgado
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