A world without Trees?

Can you imagine a world without trees?  Isn’t that a terrible thought? I was thinking this while I was on one of my many walks last week.  I was walking in a local wood and as always taking in the beautiful nature surrounding me, particularly the trees and for some strange reason, as my mind was wandering I started thinking about how different the world would look without them.  I really didn’t like this thought and quickly put it out of my head, but it did get me thinking, what do they do for us apart from looking pretty awesome that is? A lot of people, I’m sure, just go about their lives not even noticing them, but I always have.  They are, pretty much everywhere you look aren’t they? Reaching up the to sky, standing proud.

 

I remember as a child, having ‘My tree’ in my back garden, which I used to climb and sit in, once falling out of it too, but we’ll skip that bit. I knew every bit of that tree, a Sycamore and I’m sure it’ll still be there in that same garden, hopefully still being played in and appreciated.  I don’t know where my love of trees came from, was it ‘My tree’ or was it when my family and I went to USA and visited Sequoia National Park? I was only around 13/14yrs old but I was in total awe of these unbelievable trees and I’ve never forgotten them and the feeling I had when I saw them.

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Trees are beautiful to me.  I spend much of my time looking up at them, following the swirling, spiralling branches reaching to the sky.  I’m certainly not an expert on trees, so I decided, when I returned from my walk to take to Google and find out more.

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There are many internet sites telling the world about ‘Tree facts‘, but one in particular, The Royal Parks website, gave me a list of what I was interested to read about, so from that website here are some of the main benefits of these beautiful plants and as I suspected, the first thing I read…”Trees are vital for our planet and essential to our lives”.  I’ve included more of the tree facts from this website below;

  • Trees are the largest plants on the planet and also the longest living species.
  • They give us oxygen, store carbon and stabalise the soil.
  • They give life and homes to some of the worlds’ wildlife
  • They provide us with tools and shelter
  • They act as a physical filter, trapping dust and absorbing pollutants from the air. Each individual tree removes up to 1.7 kilos every year.
  • They provide shade from solar radiation and reduce noise.
  • Over 20 species of British trees and shrubs are known to have medicinal properties, the oil from birch bark, for example, has antiseptic properties.
  • Research shows that within minutes of being surrounded by trees and green space, your blood pressure drops, your heart rate slows and your stress levels come down.   Probably why I personally love to walk in woods!!
  • Trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow and the carbon they store in their wood helps slow the rate of global warming.
  • They reduce wind speeds and cool the air as they lose moisture and reflect heat upwards from their leaves. It’s estimated that trees can reduce the temperature in a city by up to 7°C.
  • Trees help prevent flooding and soil erosion, absorbing thousands of litres of stormwater.
  • Trees host complex microhabitats. When young, they offer habitation and food to amazing communities of birds, insects, lichen and fungi. When ancient, their trunks also provide the hollow cover needed by species such as bats, woodboring beetles, tawny owls and woodpeckers.
  • One mature oak can be home to as many as 500 different species.
  • Trees strengthen the distinctive character of a place and encourage local pride. Urban woodland can be used as an educational resource and to bring groups together for activities like walking and bird-watching. Trees are also invaluable for children to play in and discover their sense of adventure.
  • People are attracted to live, work and invest in green surroundings. Research shows that average house prices are 5-18% higher when properties are close to mature trees. Companies benefit from a healthier, happier workforce if there are parks and trees nearby.

This wonderful website The Royal Parks where I found all the above information on trees have an ‘Adopt a tree’ scheme, what a great idea! The website gives such alot of information on the parks around London which I’ve really enjoyed reading.  Well worth a visit.

 

While walking in the woods that day surrounded by these wonderful structures of nature, my mind certainly was wandering and going back to my original, horrible question…Imagine a world without trees? Well I certainly can’t and now I know this planet wouldn’t be the same without them.

Do you have a favourite tree? I can’t say I do, I just Love trees and being surrounded by them.

 

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Fly agaric mushroom being photobombed by Millie
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25 thoughts on “A world without Trees?

  1. I used to have a small pine tree at the rear of our property when I was growing up. I’ve never been nimble at things like tree climbing, but that tree had all the right branches at the right distance apart for me to manage to climb easily to the fork. The fork, about 2/3 way up into the canopy provided a lovely secure seat where I could sit for hours enjoying solitude while watching the world beneath me. Reading your post took me back – I could almost still see each foot and hand hold, the scent of pine was almost tangible……

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  2. Another tree hugger, awesome 🙂 A forest walk would have to be the coolest place to go on a hot summer’s day, which we have done numerous times. Though not in the place we are currently housesitting. We planted approx 1000 olive trees in our previous life on our small orchard/lifestyle block. Plus many other trees around the house. Yes, we love trees! Enjoyable post with of course the much loved dogs.

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  3. Hi Sam! I am fortunate to live next to a small wood, mainly sycamores and beech trees, which are protected trees also. Love the flora and fauna it brings to my garden including; squirrels, bats, jays, owls, woodpeckers, wrens, robins, blue tits, Dislike picking up all the leaves in autumn, (Worth it though). 🙂 X

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  4. I used to love climbing trees as a kid. We had a lot of elm trees at the back of ours. I can still picture them, but they all had to be cut down when Dutch elm disease struck.

    A world without trees would be uninhabitable surely. Even if, through some contrivance we manage to remove be the CO2 and pump oxygen back it, it would be a world without soul. Great post.

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  5. Honestly, I can’t imagine the world without trees. And may be I wouldn’t have this chance – if trees disappear I think the human kind will follow them in very short terms. I love our nature. When I travel I rather visit nature places than historical and cultural sightseeings in the downtown. And I live in a city where every day a new building “appears”. It is sad when you see the uprooted trees and trampled grass.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes I agree if trees disappear then so would we. I too love our nature, it never ceases to amaze me. I find it heartbreaking when building sites mean uprooting the nature around it. I wish everyone would acknowledge how important & beautiful our world of nature is 😊

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  6. Lovely calm images and interesting facts. I love walking amongst the trees in our local park and love a walk in wilder forests. I love the folklore that goes with them as well as the nature and scenery. A very enjoyable post!

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  7. Hi there! Susan sent me! I’m so glad we over 50-somethings have connected! I’m a nature person myself, and this photo of trees lining the trail is gorgeous! Made me want to get out and run it. 🙂 I don’t have a favorite tree, but one I’m dying to see one day is a Redwood. The pics I’ve seen on the internet of a person standing by a Redwood that seems to reach to the heavens is amazing! I’d love to be able to stand in a grove of Redwoods. 🙂
    Thank you for connecting. We’ll be in touch!

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    1. Thank you yes I am a nature lover especially trees, they are so beautiful to me. I have been very fortunate to see the Redwoods when I was in my early teens, which although a long time ago, left a big impression on me. They are incredible & mystifying, a must on anyone’s bucket list 😊x

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  8. Amazing photo… Hi Sam…🙂 this is a very educational post. Trees are very important…we dont woods here we have rainforests (i had to confirm the difference with google😁)… and when im there the trees speak a different language….it’s very calmin…. nice post.

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  9. You climbed a sycamore when you were a kid? Yikes! Was it a young one? I can’t imagine being able to get a foothold on the trunk… (not that I could get a foothold on anything, even pavements defeat me a lot of the time!)

    Yeah, a world without trees would be awful – probably wouldn’t exist, too. I don’t understand people who cut them all down and put concrete or paving in their place.

    I do have a favourite tree and miss it a lot, as we don’t have them here, and that’s the Horse Chestnut, particularly when they burst forth with their pink or white candles.

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    1. 😊 my Sycamore was a full grown tree with some great spaces to sit, it was definitely a challenge to get up there but I perfected it over the years. No I too have no understanding of choosing concrete over nature. I too love the Horse Chestnut trees, they are stunning & this time of year at their best. We have Conkers all over the ground at the moment 😊 thank you for stopping by

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