Glendale calls for more tree planting in wake of Yale study

Tree supply, plant and relocation specialist Glendale Civic Trees is calling for more trees to be planted, following a new report revealing humans are to blame for the deforestation of 15 billion trees each year.

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Image: MorgueFile

The in-depth study carried out by academics at Yale University estimates the world's tree population as 3 trillion. Human activity has been cited as the biggest factor behind an almost 46 per cent loss of the world's trees since the beginning of human civilisation.

Although 3 trillion trees is more than originally anticipated, Deric Newman, sales manager at Glendale Civic Trees, said the rate at which they are being felled is alarming.

"Sometimes tree felling is necessary, such as when a fungus disease is present, so it's important to prevent spreading. But, often in these cases, new trees are planted elsewhere. However, there's no guarantee that when complete forests are cleared for timber or paper production, or to provide land for farmland or housing developments, that new trees are always planted - and this needs to change."

Newman called on local authorities and commercial organisations to "strike while the iron is hot" and plant trees between September and November, when conditions are optimal for roots to grow before winter arrives.

"There are countless environmental benefits to planting trees. They produce oxygen and act as carbon sinks, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, as well as acting as effective sound barriers, thus reducing noise pollution," he said.

"Trees are also useful when it comes to preventing flood damage, as the roots help the soil hold large amounts of water, while helping to combat soil erosion. They also help to create visually pleasing landscapes and increase the amount of green open spaces, which provide a place for communities to get together, as well as acting as a habitat for wildlife.

"Other studies have found that trees have a significant positive effect on stress levels, with getting close to nature considered as one of the best ways of improving overall health."

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