Urban forests add to cities health and wealth

Planting more urban forests is a simple way not only to improve the health of a city’s people, but to make them wealthier too.

LONDON, 22 January, 2018 – Climate scientists who calculated the value of urban forests to the world’s great cities have now worked out how town planners can almost double their money. Just plant 20% more trees.

More than half the world now lives in cities, and one person in 10 lives in a megacity: one that is home to at least 10 million people.

The trees that shade the parks and gardens and line the urban streets – London planes, limes, magnolias, pines and so on – are known to add to property values and to make living conditions better for millions who must endure the increasing heat extremes of the urban world.

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