Survey finds British public ignorant about trees

A survey has found one in six people do not know that trees provide oxygen.

A survey of the public by tissue brand Velvet found that :
  • 78% thought one of the main roles of trees was to provide shade
  • 74% believed trees were there to provide fruit
  • 66% wanted more trees planted in their neighbourhoods
  • 71% voted the Oak as Britain’s most iconic tree
  • 33% could not identify an oak tree
  • 75% said trees provide happy memories
  • 9% remember sneaking a kiss under a tree as a teenager
Psychologist Geoff Beattie, who is author of ‘Why aren’t we saving the planet?’, said: "Trees can inspire positive memories and associations. It is essential that we leverage this sense of fondness and affection to build the public’s awareness and understanding of the role of trees and why they are integral to our world."

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