Planting in urban areas

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Woods and trees are hugely valuable, delivering many economic, social and environmental benefits to both businesses and communities.

We encourage developers to consider trees when planning any development, keeping existing trees where possible and planting new trees in the right places.

Benefits of trees in urban areas

Boost property values – trees add appeal and value to land and property developments

Flooding – trees can help to prevent and alleviate flooding

Reduced crime rates – trees and greenery are associated with lower crime rates

Health and well-being – green spaces provide important recreational areas for communities to enjoy and are linked to improved mental well-being

Air quality – trees help to improve air quality, which also helps improve health

Shade – street trees provide summer shade, which can help to reduce urban air temperatures

Wildlife – woods and trees provide important homes for wildlife