Air pollution is a serious problem in the UK’s cities and elsewhere in the world. It’s estimated that exposure to high levels of air pollution causes thousands of premature deaths every year. With London recently dropping in the quality of life index as a result of its pollution and heavy traffic it’s clear more needs to be done to deal with the issue.
The UK’s capital fell from 39th to 40th place in the list produced each year by Mercer in its Quality of Life survey.
So could planting more trees be part of the solution? The BBC recently cited figures from the US forestry department that indicate that trees reduce urban air pollution by one per cent.
While that may not sound like a lot, it can actually make a significant difference to the health of the people living in a town or city.
Of course, having trees and green space can also make an urban environment a much more pleasant place to be, so there’s more than one argument in favour of planting more trees.
While councils need to do their bit to plant more trees on public land, you can help too by ensuring your garden is well looked after and that it’s planted with a range of plants and trees to help the environment.
Even if you only have a small garden, there are still trees that can work in the space. Varieties like crab apple trees, Snow Queen Himalayan birches and Japanese maple trees are all great if you don’t have a large garden but want to add some foliage.
If you need a tree surgeon in Harrow to help keep your garden in check, contact us today.