Steps to tree planting
Significance of planting trees in our community
Tree planting is important as it gives us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter.
- Trees have a benefit to our health as they act as a physical filter trapping dust and absorbing pollutants from the air. Most of the indigenous trees have medicinal properties.
- Trees also benefit the environment, the carbon stored in trees help slow the rate of global warming. Trees reduce wind speed and cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards from their leaves. Furthermore trees prevent flooding and soil erosion absorbing thousands of litres of storm water.
- Trees boost wildlife when young, trees offer habitation and food to birds, insect, lichen and fungi. When ancient their trunks also provide the hollow cover needed by species such as bats wood boring beetles, tawny owls and wood peckers.
- Trees strengthen communities, by planting trees in the park it can be used as an educational resource and to bring groups together for activities like walking and bird watching, scenery and also provide children with a place to play in and discover their sense of adventure.
- Planting more trees contribute to global reforestation efforts, restoring lost forest, repairing damaged ecosystem and mitigating climate change.
- Planting fruit trees will contribute to the alleviation of hunger within the community