YorkRegion Article: Trees are worth more to us than we can imagine
Is the value of a tree measured only by how much lumber can be cut from it?
Sometimes, it takes the loss of a mature tree to make us realize how much we appreciated it before it was cut down.
What value do trees have and how do we measure their worth?
Realtors know the importance of trees.
Appraised values of residential properties having trees can be as much as 15 per cent more than comparable parcels that are not wooded.
In polls, consumers claim they are willing to pay about 9 to 12 per cent more for products in downtown shopping districts having trees. Customer service, merchant helpfulness and product quality are all judged to be better by shoppers in places with trees.