To celebrate National Tree Week (24th November – 2nd December), we’re launching a national campaign to help educate the nation to Go Green and raise awareness of our lack of knowledge around the benefits of trees.

Our recent survey has shown that although we love our trees, the nation’s knowledge on one of our most vital natural assets is lacking.

Polling 2,000 UK adults, we found six in 10 can’t identify a maple leaf – or recognise the leaves of an oak tree and a quarter have no idea which trees conkers come from.

A fifth of parents admit they struggle to answer their kids when they’re asked to identify particular species.

A fifth think trees grow in all seven continents – including Antarctica, 34 per cent don’t know what species a Christmas tree is and 62 per cent can’t tell a birch from a beech.

Eighteen per cent think Wi-Fi is more important than trees and 16 per cent have no idea what benefit they have to the planet.

Watch Londoners take the quiz:

How are we helping?

We’ve teamed up with Trees for Cities, the only UK charity working at a national and international scale to improve lives by creating greener cities, and for every customer who signs up to our Go Green tariff, we’ll plant at a tree*.

So far, we’ve planted over 100,000 trees throughout the UK during the last year. Offsetting carbon emissions is just one of the many way trees benefit us.Are trees important National tree week - young saplings

4 reasons why trees are important:

1. Trees affect people’s mood

Our research found 90 per cent of those surveyed, enjoy looking at or being around trees. It highlights the effect of trees on people’s mood, fifty-eight per cent of us feel calmer when around them, four in 10 feel happier and one in 10 even feel relieved when near a tree.

2. Trees provide habitats for all sorts of wildlife for much needed urban biodiversity trees on people’s mood

The air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat all ultimately rely on biodiversities like birds, bees and insects. Some examples are obvious: without plants, there would be no oxygen and without bees to pollinate, there would be no fruit or nuts.

3. Trees help reduce noise pollution.

It takes just 30-50m of greenery to cut noise pollution from a major road by up to 50%. It’s the sound produced by the wind passing through the leaves that help to muffle noise, and acts nature’s white noise. Trees also provide habitat for birds, whose twitterings add to the pleasant background sounds.

4. Trees are carbon sinks.

They absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) which damage the ozone. Trees help to offset our carbon footprint.

Fact:

Young trees are more efficient at offsetting carbon than older trees, removing more CO2 from the atmosphere.

Are trees renewable or non-renewable?

Trees are renewable. When you grow trees and chop them down for manufacturing, it’s possible to plant another to replace what you’ve used.

Forests, however, are not renewable. Forests re delicate eco-systems that provide homes to wildlife and when destroyed can’t be replaced.Are trees important National tree week - forrest floor

By signing up to our Go Green tariff, you too can help plant a variety of trees across the UK so that residents of urban areas have the opportunity to reap their benefits.

*We’ll pay Trees for Cities to plant a tree after 90 days of you switching your energy to our Go Green Energy Fix September 2020 tariff.