Tree Planting does much more than most people know!

in 1785, 230 years ago, by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. This plane tree has now been seen and enjoyed by at least hundreds of thousands of people. A group of pictures of the tree, declared a "valued image set" can be viewed on the following page:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Valued_image_set:_Buffon%27s_plane_tree_in_Jardin_des_plantes,_Paris.

When you find out what trees do, you will be amazed. An excellent article in the The Guardian, explains how valuable trees are and what makes them so special for us and all life on earth.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2012/jan/03/trees-allies-against-climate-change

For one, some trees and their colonies can grow for thousands of years:

"And trees create colonies. To reproduce they distribute seeds all around, but they also spread roots from which offshoots can grow. That is why 100-year-old plane trees are often surrounded by their younger brothers, and why poplars have grown for the past 10,000 years in Utah, and there are 13,000-year-old creosote bush clones in the Mojave desert of southern California, and 43,000-year-old stands of King's holly spread over an area of one kilometre in Tasmania."

Tree are life-supporting in several different ways, including supplying us with medicinal substances.

"At the same time, trees release oxygen that allows us to live. An adult human consumes about 700g of O2 per day, or 255kg per year. In that time, an average tree produces 15kg to 30kg, so about 10 trees are required to provide oxygen for one person. Trees also humidify and cool the atmosphere by evaporation and transpiration. A wooded area of 50 square metres brings the temperature down by 3.5C and increases the humidity by 50%. Leaf movement, especially in conifers, releases negative ions that are supposed to have beneficial effects on health and mood. And the tree is home to many useful species."

Today, human beings are still cutting trees down at a rate that endangers all of us, although increased tree planting is helping, but there is much more to do.

 "Surveys by the United Nations collaborative programme on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries show that half the planet's forests were destroyed in the 20th century. From 2000 to 2005, 7.3m hectares of tropical forest disappeared every year, or 20,000 hectares a day. As a result, tropical deforestation and forest degradation account for between 15% and 20% of CO2 emissions, because trees release carbon when they are burned or felled. The UN believes that tree planting could offset 15% of carbon emissions in the first half of the 21st century."

We encourage you to plan trees whereever and whenever you can, and better yet, get your community involved in an annual tree planting event.Planting a tree helps more people for more years than any other single action that you can take.