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Direct and Indirect Benefits of Trees

Trees - our only mechanism for absorbing Co2

  • Each tree absorbs approximately 25kg of carbon emissions each year, and more during early growth years
  • One tree absorbs about 1,000kg of carbon dioxide over a 40yr period, and can live for over 100 years
  • One tree can produce enough oxygen for 10 people in a year
  • Each person on average produces about 10 tons of carbon dioxide every year, which amounts to 10 trees worth!
  • Many trees coppice (grow back after cutting) and can therefore produce many times the benefits by being 'managed' correctly, inc absorbing more Co2
  • For every 50 trees planted in deforested areas, 150 are likely to grow back from dormant seeds lying on the soil.
  • A proven fact by NASA shows that trees planted in tropical climates generally sequester up to three times as much CO2

Direct Tree benefits

  • They provide homes for indigenous wildlife
  • They encourage the return of endangered species
  • The roots reduce erosion in rain seasons and dry areas
  • They replenish the ground with nutrients from the air such as nitrogen
  • They retain groundwater supporting surrounding growth
  • Trees provide organic fertilizer, through the felling of their leaves
  • Leaves provide a high-protein, palatable animal forage and cattle fodder
  • They sustain eco-system balance and bio-diversity
  • They create microclimate conditions for life to flourish
  • They have provided medicines for centuries including for; Malaria, heartburn, measles, lung diseases, rheumatism, flu, leprosy
  • They can produce Mango, Apple, Guava, Papaya, Avocado, Olive, Lemon, Banana
  • They provide nuts, protein and flavourings
  • They provide glue, soaps, beads for jewellery, bio-fuel etc
  • They also provide a sustainable source of timber for; cabinets, wardrobes, kitchens, desks/tables, chairs, doors, floors, paper, musical instruments, boats, agricultural tools

Indirect benefits of trees

  • They improve living standards for local people
  • Tree roots stabilise river banks, reducing the risk of flooding
  • They rebuild worn soils and improve agricultural productivity
  • Through shade and by evaporating moisture from their leaves, trees can reduce daytime temperatures by about 5 degrees F and buildings by 20 degrees F
  • Cooling ground temperatures and sheltering from direct sunlight allows food crops and other growth to return where they otherwise could not grow
  • Attracting bees with pollen enabling them to make honey for trading purposes
  • Birds and bats help spread seeds supporting bio-diversity and sustainability locally and across further regions
  • Trees can act as natural wind breakers, and separate different types of crop farms

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