Trees play a vital role in our lives, countryside and neighbourhoods. They support life; provide fruits and food to eat; help absorb carbon dioxide and provide us with natural shade and shelter.
There are over 20 million homes in the UK with gardens, and many more with courtyards and balconies. What if at least 1 million people decided to plant a garden tree for the Jubilee, or put one in a pot on their balcony? What if whole streets decided to do this together? What a difference that would make to people and wildlife. Trees planted in adjacent gardens can bring many of the benefits of creating new woodland.
Amazingly, research shows:
• The number of bird species increased by 3 for every additional 20% of tree cover.
• Asthma rates among children aged four and five fell by a quarter for every additional 343 trees
per square kilometre (one in every garden on an average street).
• Concrete surfaces in tree shade can be up to 20°C cooler than concrete in sun.
• Tree shade can cool people by up to 7°C on hot days.
• Trees have been found to enhance mood, improve self esteem and lower blood pressure.
• Trees can reduce surface water runoff by up to 60 per cent compared to asphalt .
Plant your tree for the Jubilee - view our range of jubilee trees and find the right one for your garden.