Lyminge is full of trees and there are many benefits to keeping them, here are just a few.
- Act as filters for particulate pollution, fine dust and toxic particles, improving air quality
- Reduce noise pollution, improving quality of life
- Help people to experience connections with nature
- Act as effective windbreaks
- Prevent soil erosion on sloping ground and around rivers and lakes.
- Act as air conditioning units, providing cooling shade in hot weather. Houses in tree lined streets are kept considerably cooler in warmer weather due to the cooling effects of trees, and their heating costs are kept lower in the cooler months due to the trees insulative effects on the property
- House prices in well managed tree lined streets / avenues are significantly higher than those in streets without trees (6-10% higher as an average, suggested by estate agents)
- Properties in well managed tree lined streets / avenues sell faster than those in streets without trees
- Provide food for people and animals
- Provide links between generations
- Be used as a lasting memorial to a loved one
- Trees are carbon neutral (i.e. not producing any more than they actually take in) even when used as firewood
- Can be used to soften harsh landscapes such as buildings, factory's, shopping centres etc
- Can be used to block out unsightly views or to create a screen
- Hospital patients who have a direct view of trees recover more quickly than those who do not have such a view.
- Have a calming effect on people
- Trees absorb massive amounts of carbon dioxide and are in effect huge carbon sinks (approximately 4.5kg of CO2 per year, based on a generic mature broadleaf tree)
- Trees and plants are the only natural source of oxygen we have
- A mature Beech tree can give off a year’s supply of oxygen for up to 10 people
If you are interested in trees, have a look at the Woodland Trust website: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/