Facts about trees that may surprise you

May 27, 2022 3:28 pm

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Trees are incredible plants, and there are thousands of different varieties. Some of them are native to this country, and others have been introduced from other countries. They are essential to the continuing existence of all mammalian life on the planet, plus they provide a home and food source for a  huge amount of the insectoid and avian populace too. It’s easy to take trees for granted, and they can also cause us some trouble. For example, CCTV Drainage Surveys, like those from www.wilkinson-env.co.uk/drainage-services-cctv-surveys-midlands/cctv-drain-surveys/cctv-drain-surveys-gloucester/ can show their roots breaking into drain pipes as they search for water. However, that aside, trees are a constant source of reducing carbon dioxide and turning it into oxygen. These eco factories are one of our best friends and make planet earth what it is today. What other facts about trees are there to surprise you?

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They can reduce heat. Trees are like heat sinks. It has been proven that trees are vital to an

urban environment as they are brilliant at sucking in the heat from the sun and ground. Temperatures in a street without trees are considerably higher than those where trees are present. The combination of concrete and stone acts as convectors of heat and radiates this out. However, trees are absorbers of heat

and use it to fuel their growth.

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Trees promote health and mental wellbeing. You may have heard the phrase “treehugger”. Whilst it’s generally used as a derogatory term, there is some value in hugging the trunk of a tree. If you work in an office, you tend to store up a lot of negative energy. A tree will absorb this and return positive energy. If you don’t believe that, you’ll surely admit that the sight of a few trees dotted around is a truly uplifting one and can certainly make people feel better about their environment.

They can communicate through their roots. If you were to look at a section of the ground underneath a forest, you would see a mass of intertwined roots. It would be almost impossible to discern which roots belonged to which tree. However, this is the idea. With the roots all connected, it means the trees can “talk” to each other and share resources. If a tree is running low on nutrients or water, others will divert any excess of theirs to the tree in need. Even when a tree is felled, they continue to do this. It’s one reason why you find a new tree trying to grow out of the old.