Trees in backyards

I am passionate about the need to plant more trees in our gardens and suburbs.  Domestic and street trees have a number of really important benefits which can be roughly grouped into four categories:

  1.  health,
  2. aesthetic,
  3. environmental; and
  4. economic.

For example one benefit is that they provide valuable heat reduction, shading windows and walls, and reducing the need for air conditioning.  A well treed neighbourhood can negate the heat island effect of hard surfaces which increases temperatures by 3-7 degrees which will also reduce energy bills for households by 15-35 %.