People need trees. It’s a fact that they help make the air we breathe cleaner, soak up water that would flood our sewers, and provide shade on a hot day. But we need them not just for the good they do for our living environment. We also need them for the less tangible effects trees have on people and communities.
Trees help develop communities by drawing people from their homes, providing shade, peace of mind, and the tranquility of nature. Mature trees improve our aesthetic environment, absorb noise, are traffic calming, reduce stress and crime, and create a peaceful place to relax or socialize. Trees are integral to the quality of life and may alleviate costly social ills. These are all findings from a number of studies conducted by a University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environments Sciences (ACES) team.
What trees can do for us: