Whilst it is obvious that plants are vital for a healthy environment, have you ever stopped to think of the many ways they help? Here is a list of proven environmental benefits:
Carbon Sequestration, Improved Air Quality. Trees sequester carbon from the atmosphere which improves air quality and helps to reduce our carbon footprint. Moreover, trees and landscaping help to absorb pollutants and particles in the air, improving overall air quality.
Attract Wildlife and Promote Biodiversity. Parks and urban green spaces attract wildlife, which both increases the natural beauty of an area and contributes to biodiversity.
Energy Savings. Planting a tree on the western side of a building can greatly reduce the amount of money spent on heating and cooling the building. Saving energy helps to save the environment by reducing demand on electrical grids.
Offset Heat Islands. Green spaces offset the heat islands that often occur in cities comprised mainly of cement and asphalt. This creates a more enjoyable urban environment and reduces cooling costs.
Reduce Noise Pollution. Trees and urban green spaces help reduce the amount of noise in a neighbourhood. By absorbing noise pollution they improve the quality of life in the community for humans and wildlife alike.
Reduce Soil Erosion. Trees and urban green spaces reduce the amount of soil lost due to erosion from rainwater. This helps to preserve landscaped areas and keep the ground healthy.
Reduce Heating/Cooling Costs. Trees moderate the average temperature of an urban area by absorbing heat waves and cold air, thus reducing the cost of heating and cooling a building.
Reduce Storm Water Runoff / Improved Water Quality. Urban green spaces create a natural way to absorb storm water, thus reducing the amount of runoff that the city has to deal with. This also helps to improve current water purification methods by reducing the amount of dirty water going into the system.
Reduce Urban Glare. Green spaces reduce the urban glare effect by absorbing heat and light. This improves overall quality of life and is beneficial to the environment.
Windbreak. Urban green spaces help to block and absorb wind, which helps preserve natural environments, reduce wind-related erosion, and reduces the need for expensive heating/cooling.