Scientific arguments key to building case for trees

The head of the Government's design advisory body told the conference he is "blue in the face" from advocating the role of trees in urban planning.

CABE chief executive Richard Simmons said: "Great cities need great trees. Green infrastructure is key to good urban planning, and trees are integral to that.

"You maintain a building to maintain or increase its value, but people don't see that with trees. You need to be able to correct that with good scientific arguments. For example, a 10 per cent increase in tree canopy can reduce temperatures by up to 4 degsC."


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