This article was originally published on the Guardian.

“…“It’s quite extraordinary the amount of data that we have on our trees,” says a councillor, Cathy Oke, who chairs the city’s environment portfolio. The Urban Forest Visual is a vital part of the city’s urban forest strategy, an ambitious management plan that will see canopy cover nearly double from its current 22% to 40% by 2040.

There’s mounting evidence that the effort will be worth it. Street trees, city parks, green roofs and gardens keep sweltering summer temperatures down, help to prevent flash flooding, reduce air and noise pollution, support native ecosystems, and ultimately make our cities more enjoyable – and healthy – places to live and work…”

Read on at: the Guardian.