Parks and recreation

Greening the Gold Coast

We all know trees are an important part of our environment. Trees not only green and shade our parks, streets and gardens. Other benefits include the following.

Improve air quality

  • tree leaves absorb carbon dioxide, producing oxygen through photosynthesis
  • the surface of leaves trap airborne dust and soot

Buffer noise

  • tree canopies dampen sound by intercepting sound waves

Improve water quality

  •  tree roots absorb soil water that contains both nutrients and pollutants

Reduce stormwater runoff

  •   tree canopies reduce the fast rate at which rain falls to the earth
  •   water enters the ground more slowly under trees and is better absorbed and filtered into ground water than     when it runs off surfaces

Reduce erosion

  • soils under a canopy and the thick layer of leaf litter are protected from the erosive energy of rain water

Reduce global warming

  • trees absorb greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and store the carbon in woody tissues
  • trees also modify the reflectivity of sunlight on the earth's surface
  • the combination of the two effects can make tree clusters a remarkably cool spot

Provide wildlife habitat

  • many wild animals have unique requirements for food and shelter. They require a variety of plants and multiple layers of canopy to forage and nest

Improve property values

  • homes that back on to greenbelts are often valued higher than comparable homes not near a park
  • forested parklands also provide residential properties an adjacent natural area for walking and passive recreation activities such as bird watching

Are aesthetically appealing

  • trees provide visual relief from the urban environment - they look great, create tranquillity and remind us of the green

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