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Trees in Barnet

Trees and woodlands form an important part of the green infrastructure of the borough. Barnet is renowned for being one of the greenest suburbs in London, with the council having responsibility for around 30,000 street trees and 848 hectares of green spaces, which includes 164 hectares of woodland.

Trees are one of the few assets that appreciate in value with age as their amenity and contribution to health and wellbeing increases.

Oak way trees

Health benefits

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.

Redwood trees

Biodiversity benefits

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.

Princes park tree

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.

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