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The Benefits of Trees

benefits of trees

Planting out indigenous trees in bio-mimicked forest patches has a range of benefits for both the natural environment and all life on the planet.

Benefits of Trees for our natural environment

As a tree grows and matures, it will produce more oxygen than carbon dioxide. This means that a growing and maturing tree will contribute to reducing greenhouse gases and will reduce global warming for anything between 40 and 100 years (and beyond). The other benefits of trees are endless and range from the most basic and practical, such as binding and nitrogen fixing of soil to improving all around water quality.

A single tree becomes a biosphere and an ecosystem for many forms of life, ranging from bacteria, insects, birds through to primates, apes and humans. Many trees planted together to mature into a forest will develop into a wonderfully complex, inter-connected and intricate life-form that is beyond the individual tree.

Trees play a key role in our battle against climate change

Trees play a key role in our battle against climate change. They feed our rivers, help to regulate the impact of storms and floods, harbour biologically-diverse ecosystems, provide shelter, jobs and security for forest-dependent populations. Within our cities, urban forests purify the air and ground water, regulate temperatures, provide shade, and encourage pride of place. More benefits of trees:

  • Reduce greenhouse gases and reduce global warming.
  • Oxygen production as the tree grows and matures.
  • Shade and cooling of the natural environment.
  • Biomass and biodiversity.
  • Food and shelter for a myriad of different life forms; from the most basic of moss and fungi to other plants, birds, insects, animals, and human-beings.
  • Provide medicinal value.
  • Future building materials. Limited use of trees/wood as a building material is recommended in fire hazardous areas.
  • Future life on this planet.

Benefits of Trees for Us

  • Trees produce the oxygen we need to breathe!!
  • Cleans the air we breathe (absorbs CO2).
  • Cleans the water we need to drink – nearly 70% of our bodies are made up of water.
  • Cleans the water we need to grow our food.
  • Cleans the soil in which we need to plant our food and grow our trees.
  • Provides shade to our homes when well positioned.
  • Save electricity consumption as it reduces reliance on air-conditioners in summer.
  • Provides a healing, relaxing environment for mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Sponsor Trees!

Every tree you sponsor goes towards regenerating and expanding natural endemic forest areas along the Garden Route. Not only are you growing forests, you are also contributing to the PTP Workforce, and the daily upkeep of our mini-satellite nurseries where all the magic happens before we plant out the trees.

Want to volunteer? Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for live updates on tree planting sessions and more!

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