Trees are good for us humans:
- they improve mental health as well as respiratory and cardiac disease, by calming the brain, encouraging exercise and absorbing particulates
- they resist the wind so reducing wind damage and contributing to warmer homes.
- they increase the selling price of houses.
Trees are good for biodiversity:
- they provide a great environment for wildlife, from fungi to insects to birds; they can provide 'wildlife corridors' in urban areas
Trees are good for reducing the impact of climate change:
- they absorb carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, contributing to the battle against global warming.
- they absorb harmful particulates
- they absorb water so reducing the run-off into streams which causes flooding
'But ... trees spoil my view, and the leaves block the drains and gutters' So ...
- choose the 'right tree, right place' to minimise any undesirable effects of trees
- plant away from house windows, so trees enhance your view
- choose trees that have small leaves trees and that will not grow too big for their site and need removing before the natural end of their life
- rowan and hawthorn are great - right size, small leaves, good for wildlife
The Saltash Tree Warden, appointed by Saltash Town Council, is naturally based within SEA. The current Warden is Adrian White who plans to increase the planting of trees in the public opens spaces of Saltash, as well as encouraging residents to plant trees in their own gardens. If you have any suggestions about suitable locations for trees please let SEA know