The government has approved a grant of £2 million for new woodland creation in Wales, which is very welcome considering the importance of nurturing our natural assets. So why are trees so important to us as a society, particularly in terms of climate change and cooling our towns? We’ll discuss the importance of having access to the correct machinery which is vital for carrying out much-needed forestry work.
Why Are Trees So Important To Society?
A lot of research has taken place in regards to the important role that plants play in cleaning the air as well as the benefits of spending time in nature. It is a well-documented fact that trees improve the feeling of wellbeing and they can reduce depression, anxiety and stress. Many of us are affected by our mental health in varying degrees and something as simple as spending time in nature can be of great benefit. Research has explored just how big a ‘dose’ of nature is actually needed to improve mental health and so far, ‘the greener the space the better’ is the answer.
Another extraordinary benefit of trees applies to their impact on urban environment climates. It is a fact that during the warmer months, cities and towns frequently experience higher air temperatures than the surrounding countryside. This is because built-up and densely populated urban areas generate, trap and store heat to create localised warming – an effect named the ‘Urban Heat Island’. An increase in urban temperatures can pose a health risk for vulnerable age groups such as young children, the elderly and those with existing health conditions. For British urban areas to become more resilient and adapted to our changing climate, the cooling benefits of trees need to be explored.
As our climate changes, heatwaves will only intensify. It is therefore important that we act now, by utilising nature. Healthy urban trees are known to have a cooling benefit due to the process of evapotranspiration. Trees also provide cooling because they reflect more solar radiation and store less energy than many artificial surfaces such as concrete and asphalt.
However, urban trees can vary in cooling effectiveness and can only provide cooling benefits when given the right environment to grow and thrive. This is because they have different characteristics, much like most living things. Trees with dense canopies and light leaves offer good characteristics dependent on soil type and water availability.
So, Why Is Forestry Work Important?
The importance of forestry cannot be underestimated. We depend on forests and trees being planted for our survival, from the air we breathe to the wood we use. Besides providing habitats for animals and livelihoods for humans, forests also offer watershed protection, prevent soil erosion and mitigate climate change.
Nurturing trees to thrive naturally can help improve our urban environments and fight climate change. Many people may be unaware of just how much forestry affects their lives; when we take away the forest, greenery and trees, it is not just the trees that go, but an entire ecosystem begins to fall apart, with dire consequences for all of us.
The Right Machinery
As forestry involves creating, managing, using, conserving, and repairing forests, woodlands, and associated resources for human and environmental benefit, having the right forestry equipment is essential. The operations supporting forestry require a multitude of valuable and advanced pieces of equipment.
If you need new forestry equipment, our specialist team will be happy to help you secure forestry equipment finance. Take a look at our forestry finance page to find out more, or contact us by using the form on the right or by calling 01933 304789.