London England has 8-million trees & these just been calculated to have a value of £6.1 billion. Yes, billion with a B. The trees also contribute a further £130 million in wider benefits.
The value of the trees was calculated by an iTree urban forest survey. See – http://bit.ly/1YpoWy8
“Trees play a huge role in improving air quality and remove 299 tonnes of PM10 and 698 tonnes of NO2 pollution across London annually.”
“Key services London’s trees provide include:
- storm water alleviation = 3,414,000m3 per annum worth £2.8 Million
- carbon storage = 2,367,000t per annum worth £146.9 Million
- pollution removal = 2241t per annum worth £126.1 Million
- It would cost £6.1bn to replace all of London’s tree canopy.”
A new partnership with Unilever & the City of London will mean a further 40,000 new trees planted. 20,000 of these new trees will be offered to London’s schools & 20,000 trees will create a new urban woodland in West London, which the community will help plant.
“The Mayor has already supported the planting of nearly half a million trees in London including 20,000 street trees along some of the busiest roads.”
London definitely gets just how important trees are to helping mitigate climate change, carbon sequestration, lowering air pollution, managing storm water, adding beauty to the streetscapes, as well as improving livability & public health. Imagine how beautiful another 40,000 trees will look.