Urban Forestry

There is a growing recognition that trees and woods provide a whole variety of benefits which are particularly important to the quality of life for the millions of people who live and work in urban areas. These include:-

Urban environment: trees can save up to 10% of energy consumption through their moderation of local climate. They also stabilise soil, prevent erosion, reduce the effects of air pollution and storm-water run-off and aid land reclamation.

Healthier lives: trees have a positive impact on the incidence of asthma, skin cancer and stress-related illness by filtering polluted air, reducing smog formation, shading out solar radiation and by providing an attractive, calming setting for recreation.

Community: trees strengthen neighbourhood communities by providing people with an opportunity to work together for the benefit of the local environment.

Wildlife: trees play a vital role in the urban ecosystem, by helping to support a great variety of wildlife which people can enjoy close to home.

Useful products: even in towns, trees yield traditional products such as timber and fruit, whilst emerging commercial products such as wood chip mulch, renewable fuel and even the chemical extract for an anti-cancer drug are now helping to finance urban tree and woodland management.

Landscape: trees soften the landscape of our towns and cities, making them greener and more attractive.
Local economy: trees help to create jobs, encourage inward investment and they can also increase property values by up to 18%.

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Urban forestry forum
Frank, lively and informative discussions about all aspects of urban forestry.

Click here for our free registation form and to begin posting your own messages. Here's some of the topics currently under discussion:
Revised NUFU website
What do you think of the new website? Are the forums useful? What else would you like to see trees matter
Drought and trees
A report due from the Royal Parks says that at least 300 mature trees have died during the summer's hot weather. Have trees under your management been affected too? What strategies did you employ to deal with the record-breaking temperatures?
Economic benefits of street greenery
Where can I go to find out some actual evidence that demonstrates the economic benefits of street trees and other urban greenery? Its something that would be massively useful to have to hand!

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