London Olympics art display breathes new life into importance of urban forestryFriday 27 July 2012
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Benefits of the urban forest
With 80% of the UK population living in cities, ‘urban forests’ play a vital role in both improving air quality in built-up environments and also improving quality of life for their residents.
The environmental benefits of trees are widely known. They reduce the ‘urban heat island effect’, soaking up dust and pollution from the air while improving soil quality and storing carbon.
Other environmental benefits from urban forests include providing shade for buildings in the summer – saving money on energy costs – reducing noise pollution by absorbing and deflecting sounds, increasing biodiversity and reducing the effects of flash flooding.
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