Seeing the wood for the trees

Gerard Farnham, chairman of Jersey Trees for Life, explains why trees are so important in town and country.

WITH the Island’s increasing population causing our urban environment to expand, nature is usually the first and worst casualty.

Thankfully we are approaching a time when entire generations are growing up recognising that nature is actually important, rather than it being a minority interest.

There is now much talk about the genuine importance of trees in towns and cities. This talk is often accompanied by contentious headlines, but the bottom line is that trees in towns improve our health and our happiness, and they provide homes and food for many animal species, including birds and insects, that further improve the world in which we live.

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