Members of Carleton Place council, staff, and the town’s urban forest/river corridor committee gathered at Ferrill Park on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 20 to plant a tree in honour of National Tree Day.
National Tree Day falls on the Wednesday of National Forest Week.
“With 82 per cent of Canada’s population living in urban centres, it is important to recognize the importance of trees in urban settings,” reads a press release from the town.
The planting of trees has a number of climate change benefits, including:
- One large tree gives off enough oxygen for four people, while at the same time removing and storing carbon dioxide.
- Shade from trees can help us feel up to 15 per cent cooler on hot summer days and reduce air conditioning costs by as much as 20-30 per cent
- Trees have a healing effect and help reduce stress
- Trees increase property values. Mature trees in a well-landscaped yard can increase property values by up to 19%.
- Trees help to prevent flooding. Each mature tree lifts nearly 400 litres of water out of the ground.