Urban Woodlands (all woodlands, groups of trees, and individual trees located in urban and peri-urban areas) are the backbone of Green Infrastructure, forming part of networks of multifunctional greenspaces supporting the natural and ecological processes integral to the health and quality of life of sustainable communities. Benefits that mature trees can deliver in our towns or cities are absorbing greenhouse gasses, lowering of stress, boosting happiness, reducing flood risk.
“When the New York City park department measured the economic impact of its trees, the benefits added up to $120m a year. There were $28m worth of energy savings, $5m worth of air quality improvements and $36m of costs avoided in mitigating storm water flooding.”
[The importance of urban forests: why money really does grow on trees, The Guardian, 12.10.2016]
UrbanPioneers have pledged to plant at least 1 million urban trees over next few years and are members of the Tree Design and Action Group supporting the role of trees in built environments.