Some Interesting Tree Facts

  • Two mature trees provide enough oxygen for a family of four
  • Trees help reduce the "greenhouse effect" by absorbing CO2. One acre of trees removes 2.6 tons of CO2 per year
  • By cooling the air and ground around them, the shade from trees helps cool the Earth's temperature
  • Trees help prevent city flooding by catching raindrops and offsetting runoff caused by buildings and open area
  • Hospital patients heal faster, require shorter stays and less painkillers if room windows face trees
  • Well placed trees help cut energy costs and consumption by decreasing air conditioning costs 10-50% & reducing heating costs as much as 4-22%
  • One person causes about 10 tons of carbon dioxide to be emitted a year. One tree removes about 1 ton of CO2 during it's life time
  • Britain is thought to have the largest population of 'ancient' trees in Europe
  • A fully-grown Oak in the UK grows - and sheds - 250,000 leaves every year and produces around 50,000 acorns in a good year
  • Around 6000 trees were used in the construction of HMS Victory of which 90% were Oak, now moored at Portsmouth
  • A healthy mature Birch tree can produce up to 1 million seeds in a good year
  • Over 5000 products come from trees, including fruit, nuts, paper, wood, and cleaners. One of the earliest forms of life on planet earth, people can learn a lot from trees
  • Trees renew our air supply by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen
  • Tree roots stabilize soil and prevent erosion
  • Yew leaves may help in treatment of cancer.  A drug called Taxol can be produced from them
  • Britain’s oldest tree is probably the Forthingall Yew in Tayside, which is believed to be over 3000 years old
  • Knocking on wood for good luck originated from primitive tree worship when rapping on trees was believed to summon protective spirits in the trees
  • There are about 20,000 tree species in the world




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