The folks at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., know what’s going on…they’re the ones who compiled these (and a lot more) interesting items about the benefits of trees:
Studies have shown that hospital patients with a view of trees out their windows recover much faster and with fewer complications and require fewer pain-killing medications than similar patients without such views. American Forests, â€śHow Trees Fight Climate Changeâ€ť, 1999
A Texas A&M study indicates that trees help create relaxation and well being. Georgia Urban Forestry Publication, Shade-Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities, Healthy People, 2004
Time spent in nature reduces mental fatigue, restoring the ability to concentrate and pay attention. Kuo, F.E. 2001, â€śEnvironment and Crime in the Inner City: Does Vegetation Reduce Crime?â€ť Environment and Behavior, Volume 33
Office workers with a view of nature are more productive, report fewer illnesses, and have higher job satisfaction. Georgia Urban Forestry Publication, Shade-Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities, Healthy People, 2004
School children with ADHD show fewer symptoms and girls show more academic self-discipline if they have access to natural settings. Coping with ADD: The Surprising Connection to Green Play Settings, Environment and Behavior. Vol. 33 No. 1 January 2001. 54-77, 2001 Sage Publications, Inc.
Appraised property values of homes that are adjacent to parks and open spaces are typically 8-20% higher than those of comparable properties elsewhere. Georgia Urban Forestry Publication, Shade-Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities, Healthy People, 2004
Trees reduce topsoil erosion, slow down water run-off, and ensure that our groundwater supplies are continually being replenished. For every 5% of tree cover added to a community, storm water runoff is reduced by approximately 2%. Coder, Dr. Kim D., â€śIdentified Benefits of Community Trees and Forests”, University of Georgia, October, 1996