"The forest is for me a temple - a cathedral of tree canopies & dancing light." - Dr. JaneGoodall
Urban tree canopy is a measurement which includes the layer of leaves, branches and stems of trees that shelter the ground when viewed from the top. This is expressed as a percentage of ground area that is covered by tree crowns. Trees provide numerous benefits to our ecosystem such as:
- Removal of pollutants from the air, soil and water.
- Release of water vapour into the atmosphere cools the surroundings there by reducing the heat and causing rainfall in urban areas
- Reduction of storm water runoff there by reducing the costs related to infrastructure maintenance.
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions and due to shade provided energy usage is reduced.