Trees appreciate in value with age, as their amenity and contribution to health and wellbeing increases.
Trees can alleviate and mitigate air pollution by accessing the chemical components of the pollutants, or by reducing the amount of pollution through the leaves and branches until is washed away by rainfall.
Providing habitat for a range of wildlife, from microbes to birds and bats, trees contribute hugely to biodiversity in urban areas. Habitat potential will be considered especially in greenspaces and `bee-friendly` trees planted in parks where appropriate.
Economic and Social benefits
Benefits to human health and wellbeing can be associated with woodland, green space and trees. Trees provide security, shelter and privacy to residents, they reduce temperatures and block sunlight being absorbed by roads. Trees also increase property values, reduce road traffic accidents and reduce noise levels. They reduce the risk of localised flooding, this ability has been greatly increased in Barnet with the use of permeable surfacing around tree roots.
London Tree Officers Association
We actively engage with the London Tree Officers Association (LTOA) and have been members for 25 years. The LTOA website contains much useful information about London's Trees