Birmingham is renowned for its urban trees in streets, parks and gardens. Street trees especially are a vital component of city living and they have a particular impact on the quality of life in Birmingham.
Make the City a better place in which to live and work – most people prefer living and working in green surroundings and trees can help economic regeneration by attracting new employers and creating jobs. They create a more attractive landscape by softening the impact of the built environment and providing links between other green spaces. Having trees in your street can increase property values by up to 15%!
Make the City a healthier place to live – they trap sooty particles and absorb poisonous chemicals, improving the air we breathe and having a positive impact on the incidence of asthma. The shade they create helps reduce the risk of skin cancer from solar radiation and people feel less stress in a green and leafy surroundings – the environment they create helps you feel good.
Provide attractive, calm settings in the City for amenity and recreation – trees bring life and colour to our neighbourhoods and highlight the changing seasons. People are more willing to take a walk or cycle ride in a leafy setting and that is healthier too. They help bring the countryside into the city!
Strengthen our neighbourhood communities – by providing people with an opportunity to work together for the benefit of the local environment. Involving people in planting and management of trees helps to build pride in the place, and offers scope for life-long learning
Moderate the City's urban climate – shade and shelter from trees can save up to 10% of energy consumption in adjacent buildings. Leaves and branches intercept rainfall and reduce the risk of flooding after rainstorms and also filter noise. Three roots stabilise soil and prevent erosion, which helps the reclamation of derelict land.
Provide valuable habitat for wildlife in the City – much of our varied and valuable wildife depends on trees and woodland for survival. Wildlife is a vital indicator of sustainablility and is closely linked to the health and extent of Birmingham's tree cover
Birmingham City Council is fully committed to caring for its trees to ensure they continue to thrive for the benefit of the people and wildlife in Birmingham. Management and maintenance of Birmingham's trees is to a high standard to make sure all the City Council’s duties and legal responsibilities are met.