They can reduce air temperature by some five degrees due to shading and channelling of breezes, and also act as a natural air filter absorbing carbon emissions and air-pollutants. They act as a natural defence against soil erosion and help prevent flooding.
But it is their social and psychological benefits that we appreciate. Shinrin Yoku is the Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ and they encourage it as an approach to improve wellbeing all over the world. Spending time sitting amongst trees has a beneficial effect on reducing stress levels and improving mood.
As trees are a natural comfort, it is not surprising that property prices in urban areas that have mature trees enjoy a 5-18% premium. Tree planting really does pay.
We have a ground maintenance team dedicated to the tree planting, husbandry and general care of all kinds of tree. This can be a busy time of year for them as we approach Autumn, leaf drop, wind damage and other inconveniences begin to materialise.
To help clients manage estates, we carry out tree surveys. That way they can be confident that the trees on their land are healthy and enjoyed all year round. And should tree damage occur, we are used to liaising with local authorities and managing emergencies. It’s crucial areas remain safe for public use.
Our trees give us all so much. At Valley Provincial we are glad we have the know-how and ground maintenance team to ensure they can continue to, whatever the time of year.