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