What have trees ever done for you?

Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise soil and give life to the nation’s wildlife. Not only are trees essential for life, but they screen unsightly structures and activities, give privacy and soften the hard lines of buildings.

Trees combat climate change.

Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles. Each year a mature tree produces enough oxygen for 10 people.

Trees benefit the environment.

Trees also help prevent flooding and soil erosion, absorbing thousands of litres of storm water. On hillsides and slopes trees hold soil in place. Slowing down water into rivers and streams is proven to eliminate flooding further down the river systems and helps to stop debris and pollutants reaching the sea.

Trees boost wildlife.

Communities of birds, insects, lichen and fungi are supported by trees. Trees in themselves benefit the environment and landscape, but they are also an integral part of the ecosystem providing benefits to wildlife and biodiversity.

Trees strengthen communities.

Trees strengthen the distinctive character of a place and encourage local pride. Urban woodland can be used as an educational resource and to bring groups together for activities such as walking and bird watching. Trees are also valuable for children to play in and discover their sense of adventure.

Trees mark the seasons.

Is it Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn? Look at the trees.

Trees create economic opportunities.

Small business opportunities in tree and green space management arise when appropriate management plans are in place. Vocational training for young people interested in green jobs is a good way to develop economic opportunities from trees.

Trees are vital

It’s clear that trees provide wonderful benefits for both humans and the natural environment. Trees are the lungs of our community. They’re the homes for our wildlife. They’re our guardians against flooding. Trees are vital to so many aspects of our life. The maintenance of Tai Calon’s tree stock and the regeneration of mature woodland and the planting of new woodland, using species appropriate to local sites, enhances the environment for the whole community and will provide benefits for future generations. It is therefore essential that Tai Calon support an ethos of preserving and conserving trees.

Please help us to leave a lasting legacy of a well managed environment for future generations.