Green is Good! And we can prove it!!

In case it were needed, here's more evidence from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Journal website that street trees have quantifiable positive effects on our well-being and health. The research was done in Canada and correlates data about 530,000 trees with health data relating to 30,000 Toronto residents. Here's just one snippet: The results demonstrate ...

Trees in the City – 26th April 2014 – Conference Report

The Brockley Society Tree Committee are delighted to report a little more fully about the presentations given at our hugely successful conference last month. Wake up and smell the pollutionLewisham Mayor Sir Steve Bullock opened the conference by raising the issue of rising city pollution and the need for more trees to make the urban environment sustainable. He kindly ...

Matters Sahari

The recent arrival of Saharan dust has again highlighted the subject of air pollution and is a reminder why trees are essential for the urban environment. See image here. After 15 years of warnings, the EU has now launched legal proceedings against the UK for failing to reduce "excessive" levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution - ...

Health Trees, Healthy People – Arboricultural Association Conference

Following on from an increasing body of evidence of the link between human health (physical and psychological) and the wider green environment, the Arboricultural Association is holding a conference this September in London on the subject. It will run for three days between 14-17 September at The Royal Holloway, University of London. Details here: http://www.trees.org.uk/Amenity-ConferenceAnd here's a reminder of ...

A Breath Of Fresh Air

More and more often we are coming across serious scientific research that backs up our sense that our urban trees are good for us, not just because they look stunning, but because they are making a significant contribution to our health in our gritty city environments. A case in point is research recently presented on BBC2's ...

Biodiversity in the City

Native vs. Exotic Tree PlantingBiodiversity is the term used to describe the degree of variation of life forms within a given territory, or ecosystem (see this Wikipedia article for a comprehensive account: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodiversity). So, the Brockley Conservation Area could, at a stretch, be described as an ecosystem. How we support local biodiversity is something that ...

Preaching to the converted …

Link to BBC News website: Green spaces boosts wellbeing of urban dwellersWell, no surprise to us, but yet more research to link the considerable benefits of local green space, this time from a UK university who have been collating the data from 5,000 households (10,000 adults) as they move throughout the UK over a period of seventeen ...

Philly cheese … or …

According to research just published by Temple University, Philadelphia, in their publication Landscape and Urban Planning, there is some evidence to suggest that the presence of trees and green space helps to reduce the incidence of assaults and robberies. Another reason for celebrating our leafy corner of Lewisham! Read more here: http://grist.org/news/do-trees-fight-crime-in-philadelphia/