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Monday, 6 December 2010

Do trees on the streets make people happy?

LET'S PLANT MORE TREES!
LET'S NOT CUT THEM,OK?
They're healthy and beautiful

The Big Tree Plant will plant one million trees in urban areas over the four years
The government says spending £4.2m on planting trees in towns and cities - particularly in deprived areas - will improve the quality of people's lives. Does foliage actually do this?
It is almost an accepted wisdom that a property positioned on a pretty tree-lined street surrounded by shrubbery is more appealing than its counterpart on a concrete-clad bare and barren road.
Some British and US surveys suggest a lush lawn or well-landscaped yard can improve property prices by as much as 15%.
But the government's Big Tree Plant campaign - which aims to plant one million trees in English urban areas over the next four years - claims trees are not only good for our bank balance, but they do wonders for our well-being.
And it says getting people involved in the planting process makes communities even happier.

Trees can increase property values
Margaret Lipscombe, director of urban programmes at the Tree Council, says trees bring a plethora of benefits to people's lives.


"Not only are trees beautiful but they are practical. They provide shade in the summer and then their leaves drop off, allowing light in when it is needed in winter.
"They are good for local climate change because they put water back into the atmosphere which cools the area. And they help biodiversity as tree-lined streets provide wildlife corridors for birds or insects to travel.
"Trees also encourage healthier lifestyles and studies have shown people are calmer when trees are in their environment," she says.

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