Trees & the Environment

 

Trees are an important feature of the British Countryside, and in Oxfordshire we have a good scattering of veteran oaks, beech copses and bushy hedging. We see these plants as aesthetically pleasing, but they are a lot more valuable to the animals which live off them, from birds and mammals which use them as a home and a food source, to the insects and fungi which digest the woody material itself. Trees are therefore key players in supporting wildlife in both rural and urban environments. They also provide a key role in many ‘ecological services’, from helping filter and purify rain-water to soil formation, reducing soil erosion, noise and air pollution. In urban environments trees have a microclimatic effect where they cool buildings under summer sun and help reduce heat loss by protecting them from winter winds. This can equate to a large energy savings. 

 

Links


Trees and woodlands: Nature's health service
Trees Effect on the Environment - The Tree Surgeon Register
The Billion Tree Campaign