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The importance of trees
Monday, 27 January 2014 11:20

There is so much that trees do for us and for the planet and here is why it is so vital that we look after them, not only for ourselves but for future generations as well. As we know there is a lot of pollution out there that cannot be helped, trees are our only defence against this pollution and they help balance out carbon dioxide. Trees use a process called photosynthesis and by taking in sunlight, water and carbon dioxide from the air they form glucose and release oxygen. The more trees there are the more clean air there will be. Not only do they help with carbon dioxide they help with many other thing as well. Trees help keep the soil healthy. Their roots hold the soil together and prevent erosion caused by the elements. Their leaves act as compost when they fall off and rot which enriches the soil and makes it more fertile for new trees to grow. If you love animals then you will understand why trees are so important, they create many homes for little animals, insects and birds. The list of animals that make use of trees as their homes is almost endless. As we know trees are an important source of food for both humans and animals. Everything from roots to flowers are important, think about the Rhino’s, Giraffes, Monkeys, bees that make honey and that delicious fruit that everyone loves to have in their kitchens! Even carnivores need herbivores to keep eating so that they can eat. If you think about it, it is a cycle that we have taken so much from and we need to replace where ever we can. We know that trees provide many useful commercial values for people as well such as wood for furniture, building our homes, a source of every like making fire to cook food, and medicinal purposes, without plants and trees we wouldn’t have things such as medication for when we fall ill. There are so many ways that trees help us, but the most important one of all is that they are so beautiful. A beautiful tranquil garden or forest or anywhere where trees flourish soothes the soul and uplifts the spirits. Below is a photo of the Verpris lanceolata – White Ironwood which has been chosen as the tree of the year.alt

 

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