A woody perennial plant, typically having a single stem or trunk growing to a considerable height and bearing lateral branches at some distance from the ground.

Trees are the biggest plants on the planet. It’s no secret that trees help the environment, but it may come as a surprise all the benefits that planting trees can provide.

Environmentally, a tree can improve air quality by filtering dust and pollutants such as carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and ozone from the air we breathe, while providing the oxygen we need to survive. One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people. They reduce the amount of storm water runoff which reduces erosion and water pollution and helps in reducing the effects of flooding.

Trees provide a canopy and wildlife habitat. If you want to attract a wide assortment of birds and other wildlife to your garden, adding trees and shrubs will give them food, protection and a place to call home.

There are many social benefits as well. Spending time among trees helps reduce stress. Studies have shown that children who spend some of their time in green spaces, retain more of the information they are taught in schools. Hospital patients recover faster when they have a view of trees. Trees can be planted as a living memorial to a loved one or to commemorate an important event.