Having little ones, means that it’s your responsibility to teach them all about being grown up, being polite and the ways of the world. But have you considered about teaching them the importance of the world around them?
The environment is a huge part of everyone’s life, and it’s something we should always try to introduce to our little ones in a fun and engaging way. So where to start? Before we talk to our children about the environment, it might be a good idea to brush up on our own knowledge first!
Here you’ll find a few interesting facts about trees!
What are the main points?
Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter. Not only are trees essential for life, but as the longest living species on earth, they give us a link between the past, present and future.
If you’d like to plant trees in your garden, you can start here.
We could not exist as we do if there were no trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year! Did you know that the canopies of trees act as a physical filter, trapping dust and absorbing pollutants from the air? They also provide shade from solar radiation and reduce noise.
Research shows that within minutes of being surrounded by trees and green space, your blood pressure drops, your heart rate slows, and your stress levels come down.
Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow and the carbon that they store in their wood helps slow the rate of global warming. Trees muffle urban noise almost as effectively as stone walls. Trees, planted at strategic points in a neighbourhood or around your house, can even decrease major noises from freeways and airports.
They reduce wind speeds and cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards from their leaves. It’s estimated that trees can reduce the temperature in a city by up to 7°C. Trees also help prevent flooding and soil erosion, absorbing thousands of litres of storm water.
Did you know that trees host complex microhabitats? When trees are young, they offer habitation and food to amazing communities of birds, insects, lichen and fungi. When they’re ancient, their trunks also provide the hollow cover needed by species such as bats, woodboring beetles, tawny owls and even woodpeckers.
Trees strengthen the distinctive character of a place and encourage local pride. Urban woodland can be used as an educational resource and to bring groups together for activities like walking and bird-watching. Trees are also invaluable for children to play in and discover their sense of adventure!