Tree Tips: Do Trees Affect Your Health?

Joel Hackett is a Certified Arborist Residing in the St Mary's Area. Spending most of the year running Joel's Tree Service, he also teaches Arboriculture during the winter at Lambton College. Joel Hackett does not assume any Liability for any information in this article.
Joel Hackett is a Certified Arborist Residing in the St Mary’s Area. Spending most of the year running Joel’s Tree Service, he also teaches Arboriculture during the winter at Lambton College. Joel Hackett does not assume any Liability for any information in this article.

We all know that trees produce oxygen, it is taught in school, and is understood as a scientific fact. However, little is actually understood about how much a single tree affects an individuals health. Recently a team in Toronto was researching the effects of trees in an urban environment, on mental and physical health.

In Toronto there are an estimated 530,000 trees, each being cataloged in a database by staff, volunteers or satellite imagery. Using statistics from this database as well as other city resources, the research team studied the health records, of 30,000 Toronto residents. Though the research is far from finished and inconclusive, the results are interesting to say the least.

It is suggested that having an extra 11 trees on a single block, can increase the mental health of an individual to the same degree of happiness as a salary increase of $10,000 dollars per year. Research also suggested that the physical health of the individual living in this environment, could be comparable to being 1.4 years younger. So plant a tree, it is always beneficial, and the benefits, always out way the cost.

If you have a question, you can email me at jtsquote@gmail.com, and I will respond either by email or in a future article. If you would like me to come and assess one of your trees, you can call me at 519-272-5742.

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