Trees. Who knew? We founded Vermont Woods Studios 10 years ago on a mission of forest conservation. Now we’re learning even more about the magic of trees: they’re the key to improved memory, health, wealth & happiness! Take a leaf out of these new scientific studies that make it official:
Trees improve memory: A research team at the University of Michigan gave people a memory test, then assigned some of them to walk through downtown and others to walk through the woods. The participants were tested again upon their return, and the group that took the nature walk scored significantly better!
Trees treat depression & improve happiness: The same researchers at UM assessed the moods of people with major depression, then assigned some of them to walk through downtown and others to walk through the woods. After the strolls, the people who’d been through the woods showed greater improvement in “positive affect” — an emotional state typically low in depressed patients.
Trees improve mental health: Researchers gathered data on antidepressant prescriptions across London and paired that with data on the number of trees in the same area. The places with higher tree densities had significantly lower prescription rates.
Trees save your money AND your life: according to Treehugger, about 850 lives are saved each year, the number of acute respiratory symptoms is lower by about 670,000 incidents each year, and the total health care savings attributed to pollution removal by trees is around $7 billion a year.
We’ve been talking forever about how trees provide food, shelter & housing. And how they combat pollution & global warming. And how they provide some of the world’s most effective cancer medications. So today, I thought it might be fitting to bring a few newly discovered advantages of trees to light.
From all the tree huggers at Vermont Woods Studios– Here’s to your memory, health, wealth & happiness!
Or join the Arbor Day Foundation for $10 and get 10 free trees to plant in your yard. Have I convinced you yet? Just in case, I'll leave one final attempt. This one by a professional– poet Alfred Joyce Kilmer:
I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the sweet earth's flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.
Nationally, Arbor Day is celebrated tomorrow on April 27. In Vermont the holiday is the first Friday in May or May 5th this year. And just so you know, our state tree in Vermont is the Sugar Maple. What is yours?
During their 20 years of existence, The Arbor Day Foundation has been helping replant our Nation's Forests "to restore their life-giving benefits and awe-inspiring splendor." In fact, we've helped plant over 25 million trees in forests that have been damaged by fire, insects, and disease.
If you love trees like we do here at Vermont Furniture, you might be interested in giving them as gifts for upcoming holidays like Mother's Day and Father's Day. A tree is a thoughtful gift that everybody can enjoy, and it's a gift that will last long into the future. The Arbor Day Foundation has a great gift program where they'll send you a gift tree and planting instructions for only $3 making it easy, painless and fun to plant.
So Happy Arbor Day… don't foget to go outside and enjoy your trees.