The forthcoming Trees, People and the Built Environment II (TPBE II) conference at the University of Birmingham, will highlight the benefits of trees in an urban environment, including the advantages that they can bring to the economy.

Urban tree conference promotes a greener future

The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) is urging delegates to book places now at the event, which takes place in Birmingham on 2-3 April.

Urban trees and woodlands are essential elements of our green infrastructure through the vital role they play in promoting liveable and sustainable towns and cities, says ICF. ‘We know that the urban forest has numerous environmental, economic and social benefits, and that it can contribute enormously to the health and welfare of all those who live and work in urban areas.’

A ‘pre-conference article’ by Dr Kathleen Wolf, a research social scientist at the University of Washington, highlights the benefits that city trees can bring to a population – including improved private property values and shoppers responses in business districts. 
‘Studies have found that nearby trees, particularly large ones, can boost the price of a home from 2% to 15%,’ writes Wolf. ‘Local governments capture those price effects in sales or property taxes across neighborhoods, providing the revenue needed to manage trees so they remain healthy and vital for decades,’ she adds.
Consumers claim that they will travel greater distances and for longer amounts of time to visit a forested district, Wolf claims, and that ‘once in the district people claim that they are willing to pay from 9% to 12% more for equivalent goods and services in shopping districts that have a mature, high quality tree canopy’.
The full article is available here, and you can visit here for more information on the conference.


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