New evidence on health benefits of street trees
October 10, 2011
New research has highlighted the benefits of street trees for communities, including improvements to health and associated economic impacts.
The report can be downloaded here.
One study reviewed indicated that 2 deaths and 2 hospital admissions would be averted per year as the result of establishment of 5.5% greenspace (comprised of 25% of trees) in a single 10 km by 10 km square in an urban area.
None of the papers reviewed in the research took the further step and put a monetary value on the health benefits of street trees.
The economic benefits of green infrastructure is the subject of our VALUE project, funded by the Interreg IVB NWE programme. For more information visit the VALUE website www.value-landscapes.eu.