When it comes to planning an urban landscape, there are a great many things to consider. From the height of the structures you’re intending to build to how traffic flow will be affected, there are innumerable variables that go into good planning.
And yet, when we think of the most successful, desirable and beautiful urban landscapes in the world, we think of the green spaces which make them. Trees, parks and green-sided buildings all help transform a mess of steel, glass and concrete into a community worth living and working in.
So, what are the benefits of trees in the urban landscape? Here’s our thoughts.
- Trees help to conserve energy. Any landscape architect will tell you that carefully positioned trees can cut the heating and cooling requirements of buildings, as well as providing useful shade in the summer months.
- Air quality is improved in areas with trees. Trees are well known for their air purification qualities, and that’s a vital element of making an urban landscape liveable. By absorbing the pollutants that traffic and a human population produce, they make urban spaces pleasant places to be.
- Trees help to reduce the flood risk. As numerous devastating urban floods have proven in the UK, the need for proper flood planning is essential. Though trees won’t entirely mitigate the issue, they do help to lower stress on storm drains and improve soil quality.
- Trees in urban landscapes enhance health and wellbeing. Study after study has proven that by having trees and green spaces in an urban landscape, you can improve the health and mental wellbeing of the people inside a city.
- Natural habitats are given a significant boost. If we expect humanity to live alongside the other animals on this planet, we need to design spaces where natural life can flourish. Trees and green spaces enable and support this kind of urban wildlife.
- Trees can be used as a natural barrier. Discrete security is an important part of urban planning, but why install a concrete bench when you could plant a tree instead? It’s a cheaper and far more beautiful alternative.
- Trees create natural privacy. Privacy is important to all businesses, and trees can be utilised to create a natural shield between your business and the wider world.
- Planting trees can help support environmental education. We’d all agree that growing up in a city shouldn’t preclude you from a healthy education in the environment. As such, planting trees becomes essential to the environmental education of our children. Tree planting projects and school gardens can help children develop their environmental awareness, and help to build a greener and more sustainable world in the future.