What’s so special about trees?

Trees are a habitat unto themselves. The oak tree has over 300 species living amongst its branches and leaves; the foliage creating micro-climates and habitats able to support a myriad of insect, arachnid, mammal and bird life.

What's so special about trees?

What's so special about trees?

For Oxygen

Trees are the lungs of the planet. Branches, twigs and leaves spread out like bronchi taking in carbon dioxide (CO”) and giving off oxygen. Ninety-eight percent of the world’s oxygen comes from this process of photosynthesis.

Without trees and other plants “breathing”, humans, literally, couldn’t exist.

For Food

Apples and pears, plums and oranges, lemons, figs, olives, avocados, hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, cherries, limes, mangos, bananas, coconuts, pineapples…the list goes on and on and on!

Trees are a major source of food. They provide us with essential life-sustaining nutrients. Many oils used in a variety of ways come from trees.

For Medicine

Many synthetic pharmaceuticals have their roots in the natural compounds in trees. Aspirin is based on a natural substance found in the bark of willow trees. Stong age peoples almost certainly chewed on some willow bark for pain relief.

Many studies have shown that natureal surroundings are also beneficial for healing on other levels. Patients have been shown to heal more quickly when they have access to trees and other plants.

For Resources

Tables and chairs, fuel, window blinds, floors, houses, paper, gates, fences, shingles, cladding, boats, picture frames, stairs, banisters, fruit boxes – how many more can you name? There are so many things made of wood it’s a wonder there are any trees left!

The Forest Stewardship Council helps to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Their logo is synonymous with sustainably sourced wood. Closer to home, The Mersey Forest is helping groups all over the region transform the landscape and create sustainable habitats.


It’s Tree O’Clock

If you believe trees are special help us to plant a World Record!

Tree O'ClockCelebrating National Tree Week we’re taking part in the Tree O’Clock event on December 5th from 11am – 12pm. How many trees can we plant in one hour?

Where to park…

Find a Mersey Forest Tree O’Clock event by you…

2 Responses to “What’s so special about trees?”

  • One more to add: Trees love you. Yes, they love you so much you can feel it. Trees make you strong and sane. Hang out with trees and love them back or BEWARE!

  • Lorna says:

    If you put your arms around a big tree and close your eyes you become one with the pattern and vibration of the bark if you keep very quiet and still your thoughts. Different trees have different personalities, too. I love ’em.

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