Trees offer many benefits. They:

  • combat climate change
  • 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


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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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