Green is good for you

Green is good for you for so many reasons. Here we try and outline why based on external evidence.

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 “[Trees are] calming; something big and beautiful, that wasn’t made entirely by human hands, in a city full of people”.

(Source: Sarah Laskow, Next City, Science of Cities How Trees Can Make City People Happier (and Vice Versa), February 3, 2015)

A large tree can provide enough oxygen for the daily requirements of ten people. They also trap dust and pollutants generated by fossil-fuel engines and the labour of heavy industry, lowering the incidence of asthma, skin cancer and stress-related illness. They reduce smog and shade out solar radiation.

Trees provide a temporary escape, and a view of trees can even improve the job satisfaction of office workers. Research has also found that patients in hospital rooms with views of trees made fewer requests for pain medication and experienced a speedier recovery following surgery than did patients with views of streets and buildings.

No longer can we disregard the psychological benefits of the environment upon our health.

Today with thanks to satellite technology we can precisely quantify the amount of green space in a given residential area. Correlate this data with large health databases and findings are highly persuasive towards the power of trees in recovery.

One recent study in Toronto correlated a base of 530,000 council categorised trees and the health records of 30,000 patients with cardio-metabolic conditions and found that on average an increase of 11 trees per city block was “comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $20,000 and moving to a neighbourhood with $20,000 higher median income or being 1.4 years younger.”

(Source: Chris Mooney, The Washington Post, Scientists have discovered that living near trees is good for your health July 9, 2015)

The trees featured below offer year-round interest. They are big enough to make a statement, be seen from balconies and over smaller structures. A view over trees from a hospital balcony has been noted to assist recovery. And it's no wonder they have this emotive impact with us as they are just so beautiful.

This large deciduous tree grows with a pendulous habit. The dark green bipinnate leaves turn yellow in autumn. Growing to 12m tall it is a popular selection for streetscapes and parks. Great as a feature tree in a larger garden. It's green, provides great shade in summer, colour in autumn and bare limbs interest in winter - everything that is great in trees!  30cm/14L 40cm/27L 50cm/52L 100L 200L
This attractive deciduous tree provides soft filtered shade with its open habitat and pinnate leaf shape. It is a moderate grower with striking lime green foliage. Long white flowers are produced in early summer.  A contrast to green shade of Gleditsia 'Shademaster', Frisia offers a golden colour colour contrast that intensifies in autumn.  50cm/52L
This is a beautiful rounded tree for Autumn colour selection, although leaves stay green longer than other varieties before turning bright orange to deep red and falling. All parts of the tree, for example flowers, twigs and seeds, are red in varying shades. It is a beautiful tree for shade in summer, autumn colour and bare-limbed winter interest. 40cm/27L 50cm/52L
A striking feature tree to 13m tall providing great summer shade. It has attractive dark green foliage, lighter on the underside that changes to yelow, then burgundy and fiery reds in autumn. Another selection where leaves hold on the tree longer in winter than normal for this species. Suitable for a range of residential and commercial applications. 30cm/14L 40cm/27L 50cm/52L 100L

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