Trees improve the quality of life in urban areas

Trees have proven to be a boon for the citizens in a city. Apart from its greeneries, trees provide many other social benefits to humans - trees help people get more exercise, improve mental health by providing a sense of calmness, and reduces stress levels by providing natural shade outside homes or offices.

Here are a few reasons why trees make cities livable.

Trees connects us to our ancestries

Trees can be seen as a part of the community that provides aesthetic beauty, shade, and a sense of place.  But one of the most notable things about trees is their ubiquitous presence in parks, yards, and gardens. Regardless of how old the person is or their living situation, there are certain parts of everyone’s life that include trees. They are a common sight for all of us.

Thus, trees are often called the “soul of place”. They can provide a sense of place and serve as an anchor for the local identity.  By planting them in parks or on streets where people can easily see them, it gives people a sense of belonging to the local community. Another way is through art, music, and other creative means which help people feel connected with their environment.

Trees improve community cohesions

Trees are an important part of our community cohesion. It improves the strength of social bonds among neighbors. They provide shade, air purification, clean water for wildlife and humans, they help reduce noise pollution by lowering sound levels in urban environments.

Furthermore, it promotes sustainability in communities and cities, thus encouraging people to strengthen their community ties.

Maintaining these natural resources is important for our overall well-being and brings down our stress levels, decreasing the chances of aggression and violence, which leads to lower the community’s crime rate.

Trees encourages people to go outside

Trees can be used to remind people of their natural habitat and what it means to be alive. Trees can also help people who struggle with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

Most people who feel stressed, anxious, or depressed spend more time in nature to find solace in the sounds and smells of a natural landscape. Nature provides a sense of calm and peace that is not available in urban environments such as cities or towns.

Furthermore, nature has been linked to increased physical activity due to the new scenery that is often encountered in a forest or fields. 

Trees reduce heat-related illness

Trees lower the chances of heat-related illness by providing shade and more windbreaks. They provide relief from the heat by reducing the amount of sunlight, as well as the temperature around them.

The human body is not designed to be exposed to prolonged periods of extreme heat and humidity. In fact, it can lead to a number of adverse health effects such as dehydration, hyperthermia, exhaustion, and heat stroke.

But trees can help minimize these effects by reducing the urban heat island effect. Trees provide shade for buildings and their surroundings as well as offer a cooling effect through the release of water vapor (perspiration). This way, they contribute to clean air quality and make streets more comfortable for pedestrians.

Trees are a critical component of the environment and they provide many benefits to human beings. That is why it is important to plant trees and do our bit for nature!Get to know more about trees and how it provides social benefits in our community at Canopy Consulting.

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