#Throwback Thursday – A world without Trees?

Originally posted Aug 2017 on Lovingthefiftysomething.com

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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24 thoughts on “#Throwback Thursday – A world without Trees?

  1. Trees and water are my things, Sam. But you might have worked that out anyway. Both appear fairly regularly in my life and in my writing – though it’s only in recent years I’ve come to recognise how important they are to me. Lovely reminder for me here.

  2. Love that “dogwood” in the last picture!

    All jokes aside, I’m glad that Sunshine came up with the idea that if anyone kills a tree in our little community, then a fruit or nut tree must be planted as a replacement with even more benefits than the ones you listed (because peaches and almonds and all that other yummy stuff)

    1. Well yeah of course. Over here councils are starting to think about planting fruit trees in towns so that anyone can pick the fruit. Great idea! Except I can’t help thinking there’ll always be that person who’ll take the lot 😂

  3. Oh no I couldn’t imagine the world without trees. How boring and plain it would be! Very interesting facts you have here. I love all trees but my favourite is the sycamore tree! Even though the leaves are dying in Autumn, it’s my favourite time because of their colours!

    1. Thank you for reading 😊 I know it’s a terrible thought isn’t it?! Trees have beauty in all seasons especially Autumn, but then Spring they begin again. Wonderful Nature ❤️

  4. Joni Mitchell showed us what it would be like in her song, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’. Let’s hope we’ve learnt enough to stop this ever happening.

    ‘….Don’t it always seem to go
    That you don’t know what you’ve got til its gone
    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot
    They took all the trees
    And put ’em in a tree museum
    And they charged the people
    A dollar and a half to seem ’em….’

  5. HI Sam
    I with you on the love of trees. There is an old pine growing across the street in my neighbors yard. It’s huge and beautiful. I sit at my desk and look out the window and it’s always a soothing sight, even in bad weather.
    I cannot imagine it not being there. It would be like losing a friend
    Laura

  6. I could never imagine a world without trees, Sam. I love our Moreton Bay Figs in Brisbane with their large roots and strong trunks. They are so old and beautiful. Thanks for the photos, stunning.

  7. My dog has made me appreciate trees. They are so beautiful and give a sense of stength. I do have one tree which I am weirdly drawn to and I get an odd feeling when I walk past it. You ever got that?

    1. Oh yes!!! I have couple which I’m drawn to & I always have to touch. I get such a calming feeling around them. I just love standing at the base of a tall & obviously old tree & look straight up. Amazing 😊

  8. I’m not a tree hugger as such, but I do appreciate those dedicated enough to go chaining themselves to trees so as to save old growth forest. I remember commenting cynically 35 years ago as we journeyed through the old growth Tingle forest in south west Australia and saw people who chained themselves to trees to prevent the bulldozers going through. Now every time I visit that area I appreciate what those tree huggers saved for us, and for future generations. And who could forget the Protests that saved the Gordon below Franklin in Tasmania – perhaps you’ve heard of it Sam. I think it hit the world news at the time. If they hadn’t protested I wonder if we’d have any Huon Pines left now. You have see, and smell Huon Pine wood to be able to appreciate how sad that would have been.

    1. Oh yes these people are fantastic! I haven’t heard of the ones you mentioned but so glad they did what they did. I feel so sad when I hear of trees being cut down, they are so beautiful 😊

  9. My favorite trees are banyans. I saw lots of them during a trip to Hawaii. The branches on the trees reach down below the ground, which then sprout new tree trunks that are indirectly attached to the original tree trunk. Quite a miracle.

    1. I’ve never heard of the Banyan. It sounds fabulous I’ll have to look that one up thank you 😊

  10. A world without trees would be awful. I love having trees around me, and of course I loved your photos. We live in Western Australia where mighty Tuart, Karri and Marri trees are the norm. Thanks for commenting on my blog earlier this week. I think you found me via #MLSTL.

    1. Thank you for reading & commenting 😊 oh I imagine your trees are stunning 😊 yes an intro via #MLSTL

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