Plant more Trees
I think that Torfaen Council should plant more trees and shrubbery not only next to roads but creating man-made woodlands in fields and other areas. Trees are very important for reducing Co2 Emissions, in Strasbourg, France, Selmi, et al (2016) demonstrated that trees that were managed by the council in an urban city reduced emissions by 7%, although that may not sound like a lot, strasbourg has a much higher population (277,270, Google, 2015), compared to torfaen (93,049, google, 2020). Torfaen is also more spread out (126km2) compared to Strasbourg (78.26km2) so this suggests that although both have urban features, there must be more space within torfaen to plant trees and other shubbery to absorb the emissions of vehicles and other urbanistic features. Trees that are the most effective at storing Carbon Dioxide and have a long life are Oak and Maple, however these may grow to be too big and do require some heavier work compared to smaller trees such as Hazel, Blackthorne, Apple and Willow which are also quite effective at absorbing emissions (National Trust, 2019).
Why the contribution is important
There are many reasons why planting trees is important, firstly the planting and upkeep of trees within an urban environment has been scientifically proven to reduce the harmful emmissions by 7% per year. If more trees were planted within torfaen this would reduce harmful emissions and thus provide residents with cleaner air. By planting more trees, they must be upkept which would also result in the creation of jobs. Trees also help with Mental Health, there are many studies that show greenspace areas boost a persons mood and help with mental health, so to have this available to residents, that would also provide them with an oportunity to visit a place to reduce stress and feel better with nature. Visits into a forest are comon place in Japan and it is called Skinrinyoku which translates into forrest bathing and has been proven to help with mental health.
by Joel on November 07, 2020 at 10:37AM