The Benefits of Trees

The Benefits of Trees

Why are we Passionate about Trees?

Trees make a huge contribution to our daily lives, where we choose to be and how we feel. They are often taken for granted, but their absence or loss is strongly felt. The Forest of Avon Trust’s ethos is to deliver the huge benefits of trees & woodlands to as many people as possible in Bristol & Avon.

Some Benefits of Trees & Woodlands:

  • Support learning: children benefit significantly from outdoor learning and learning about the outdoors
  • Build confidence & improve quality of life: activities outdoors promote mental and physical health
  • Speed patient recovery times: less time is spent in wards with views of trees
  • Reduce asthma: by filtering air borne pollution
  • Contribute to safer communities: flats associated with trees have less crime and people feel safer
  • Provide a legacy across the generations: local tree planting brings communities together and the results last hundreds of years
  • Cut energy use: this can be 10% lower in buildings sheltered by trees
  • Reduce flash flooding: tree reduce disturbance and damage after heavy rain
  • Are carbon neutral: if local trees are used for wood fuel or construction
  • Support the local economy: people prefer, stay longer and more frequently visit shopping areas with trees
  • Contribute to high quality environments: people pay more (3-7%) to live on tree-lined streets
  • Support inward investment: quality of life is a factor in the relocation of 57% of business executives
  • Provide diverse, sustainable, necessary and attractive products
  • Can cut transport miles by being located close to markets 
  • Create robust woodland havens: for wildlife and people in the long-term
  • Increase diversity & resilience in landscapes on the edge of towns and cities.