We’ve been celebrating National Tree Week by getting together with children from St Barnabas School in York to plant trees in their school grounds. Thanks to our ‘Seedlings at Schools’ project with environmental charity, Groundwork, the eco-friendly youngsters planted a mixture of native saplings, which they’ll be able to care for over the years.
As well as planting trees in practice, the children are learning about why trees are so important – both for the environment and for people. Here are a few great reasons to get planting:
Trees absorb CO2
Carbon Dioxide is a major greenhouse gas – too much of it can be very harmful to our planet. Trees absorb it and remove and store it away – in fact one tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year.
Trees cool the air
The cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equivalent to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.
Trees release water into the atmosphere
In one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water, enough to make 2000 cups of tea, out of the ground and discharge it into the air.
Trees help to prevent soil erosion.
This is especially important on hillsides where trees can help hold the soil in place.
Trees provide food
One apple tree can provide up to 500 apples each season.
Trees create livelihoods
If trees are used sustainably then the fruits they produce can provide people with an income.