Did you know…
1.The importance of trees
Trees, woods and forests are essential for life. They help regulate our atmosphere, store CO2 (carbon dioxide) and release precious oxygen.
2.Trees fight pollution
Estimates indicate that air pollution reduces life expectancy in the UK by seven to eight months. Trees remove pollutants from the air, trapping them on leaves.
3.Trees prevent flooding
In the right place, planting trees can help reduce the risk and severity of flooding. They also help stabilise river banks which reduces the risk of land erosion.
4. Trees bring value to your home
The value of a property or a neighbourhood increases if there are trees nearby.
5. The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe
The UK is one of the least wooded places in Europe. Only 13% of the UK is woodland, compared to an average of 37% in other parts of Europe.
6. Lack of native woodland in the UK
In the UK only a small proportion of all woodland, around 30%, is native.
7. Woodland in the UK is hard to reach
85% of the population in the UK does not have access to a wood within 500 metres of their home and only 46% of woodland in the UK is accessible.
8. Ancient native woodland
Ancient native woodland consists mainly of native trees, that is those that have grown here naturally since the last Ice Age and have not been introduced by humans.
9. Northern Ireland is one of the least wooded countries in Europe.
Northern Ireland ranks as one of the least wooded regions in Europe. The country has a mere 8% woodland cover.
10. Scotland is the most wooded country in Britain
Scotland is the most wooded country in Britain with woodland covering 18% of land area.
Woodland of ancient natural origin now only covers 1% of the land area.
11. Less than 15% of woodland in Wales
Less than 15% of Wales is woodland. Ancient woodland, more than a few hundred years old, covers just 4.5% of Wales.
12. The most wooded country
The most wooded country in Europe is Sweden with 282,030 square kilometres of woodland.