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Woman and dog sitting on bench in low woodland overlooking Belfast with a sea view

Credit: Nick Patterson / WTML

What are urban trees and woodland?

Urban trees and woodland are areas of green cover in towns and cities. They range from street trees to trees in gardens, hedgerows and woods. They have a huge impact on local wildlife, mental and physical health, and pollution levels, while making the places we live in more beautiful.

Key features

Urban trees and woodland are often made up of very hardy species that are resistant to pollution. The London plane even earned its name from its adaptability to city living!

Wildlife

Urban woods and trees support a huge range of wildlife. As somewhere to feed, shelter and breed, they are vitally important for connectivity and supporting species in urban areas. These include some common faces, such as the blackbird and fox, but other species also flourish in built-up areas.

Explore urban trees and woodland

Urban trees and woodland are just about everywhere in the UK! Just visit your local town or city to enjoy a splash of green among the brick and stone.

An aerial view of Epping Forest in East London showing urban buildup next to the woods

Credit: A.P.S. (UK) / Alamy Stock Photo

Threats

Urban trees and woods have a huge value. They:

  • are beneficial to our mental and physical health
  • can reduce flooding
  • provide habitats for wildlife
  • lower noise pollution and combat air pollution
  • increase property values
  • reduce temperatures in towns and cities.

But, they are always under threat from development. And, as fewer trees are planted in urban areas and as street trees come under threat, it’s more important than ever to fight for these urban heroes.