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10 Reasons you should plant trees 10 Dec 2015

We thought we should share some well-understood and perhaps some more tangential reasons for planting more trees.  In our energy- and carbon-conscious times, these are perhaps well worth digesting and implementing.  Now where can you find some suitable trees to buy and who could possibly advise you on their selection?

1.  Cut soil erosion

Rows of trees will reduce the windspeed across flat, open spaces, where it might otherwise strip the soil off the land and carry it away in a dust cloud.  Trees on sloping hillsides protect soils from water erosion, locking it in with their interlacing root systems.

2.  Generate income

Well-managed woodland will earn revenue by producing high-grade timber for furniture-making, construction and the paper industry.  All woodland, managed or otherwise, can generate income from firewood sales.  Tax-free, if your own woods.

3.  Save energy

An effective windbreak of trees can reduce winter fuel consumption by 10-30%.  In the other half of the year, a single tree's shade cast over a building can have the cooling equivalent of five air-conditioning units. 

4.  Sound barrier

Trees, hedges and windbreaks all absorb the sound from traffic, railways and well, general life.  Leaves, twigs and branches both absorb and reflect sounds of different frequencies. 

5.  Snow fence

A well-sited row of trees will help to keep wind-driven snow off roads, making it easier to keep traffic flowing.

6.  Protect livestock

Trees reduce the speed of the wind and can also reduce turbulence, both of which can cause stress to animals.  Sheltered livestock need less feed and water and their gains can be higher.  On hot summer days, the animals will seek out relief from the heat in the shade afforded by the trees.

7.  Improve air & water quality

A forest floor of leaves and decaying wood acts as a giant sponge, by absorbing, holding & filtering water; one acre of trees provides fresh, clean oxygen for seven people and will clean the air polluted by eight cars operating for 12 hours.

8.  Improve crop yields

Soil particles blown by strong winds will frequently damge small crops; hot winds can also reduce the yields and so a good windbreak of trees will protect against these hazards.

9.  Home for wildlife

Wooded areas create valuable cover, nesting and breeding areas for upland game & songbirds.  In winter, when all other food is blanketed by snow, seeds and fruits of trees and shrubs provide food for the non-migratory species.  Year-round, the canopy is vital habitat for myriad insects which in turn play their own role in the food-chain.

10.  Beautify the countryside

Well-kept wooded areas, hedges, windbreaks and other plantings undeniably enhance the aesthetic value of individual farms and the countryside.