Trees are beautiful living monuments in our landscape. They give our urban areas a connection to the countryside, allowing us to feel part of the natural world, even in the middle of a city. The hard surfaces and buildings are softened with the introduction of a living element. It improves the space for people and encourages wildlife to populate areas that might otherwise be exclusively used by humans. There is no question about whether London is better because of the parks and trees that are so visible.
I have been in places in the UK, and many other places around the world, that don’t have trees and it always has an impact on me. As though something good is missing. That’s not to say that a desert, a wilderness, the mountains or moors are not beautiful, they most certainly are, but I love trees. Even better if there is water. I guess that’s why I love to go to the Lake District. I find being in wooded areas really gives me a lift in mood and emotion and often inspires a sense of awe. Planting more trees has to be a beneficial investment for the future. After all, we enjoy the the result of trees that have taken generations to mature. Plant a tree now and give future generations a reason to be grateful for our forethought.