Gardens and green spaces are good for the health of humans and the wider environment and trees play a vital role in this. In the past, trees have been selected primarily for their ornamental value but these essential life-giving plants can deliver a vast array of ecosystem benefits if we plant the right tree in the right place. To combat the damaging effects of climate change we need mature trees and species diversity, which means careful selection for site and function. International tree expert Henrik Sjoeman along with garden designer and passionate advocate for the environment Arit Anderson identified the need for a new kind of selection guide that focuses on the hidden benefits of trees and dedicated themselves to this visionary new resource for the world’s temperate regions. Easily accessible text, backed by the latest scientific research, describes the multiple benefits mature trees bring to towns and cities including storing carbon, slowing down rainfall and cooling buildings. We learn that some trees excel at particular functions and how to select trees for specific conditions such as droughts and storms. The A-Z is a unique selection of more than 500 trees chosen for their resilience and a range of other criteria that will ensure their contribution to our future gardens and landscapes. A quick-reference Tree Selection Table completes the resource and will spark the tree selection process. This important new tree selection guide marks a step change in approach that will lead to more successful outcomes for trees and a richer environment for future generations.
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