Farmer’s Market in Fayetteville, AR. Credit: Brandon Rush

Looking at trees makes people feel better and be healthier. Planting and caring for neighborhood trees can bring residents together to improve their environment and build a sense of community and environmental stewardship. Forested areas offer many resources such as outdoor classrooms and nature centers for youth. Studies show that trees in urban areas reduce stress in adults, improve recovery rates from surgery and improve performance in school for kids. Urban parks provide settings for street festivals and other special events, while bringing in millions of dollars to the local economy. People are able to connect with nature and increase their overall well being when there are trees around.

 

Did you know?

  • Trees increase property value of your home by 10 to 20 percent and attract new home buyers.[1]
  • Shoppers shop more often and longer in well-landscaped business districts and are willing to pay more for parking and up to 12 percent more for goods and services.[2]
  • Areas with trees experience lower crime rates.[3]

 


References

[1]Trees Are Good. Tree Care Information. Why Topping Hurts Trees. Topping Is Expensive. http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/topping.aspx (accessed June 7, 2013).

[2]Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Community Development. Publications. Communities & Banking. Harvesting the Benefits of Urban Forests. http://www.bos.frb.org/commdev/c&b/2013/spring/the-urban-forest.htm#Endnote8Top (accessed June 7, 2013).

[3]The Telegraph. AAAS: Living near trees ‘makes people live longer and feel happier.’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/4612176/AAAS-Living-near-trees-makes-people-live-longer-and-feel-happier.html (accessed June 7, 2013).