Plant more trees!
Do you know what living organism has the unique ability to protect you from summer heat and at the same time to preserve sun’s energy just to release it in wintertime when you need it most?
And do you know who can do this acting at the same time as the most significant absorber of our current CO2 emissions? (These emissions currently amount to approximately 15 billion tons a year causing the increase in global temperatures and result in the related weather-caused natural disasters.)
Do you know who feeds and houses countless rare and important species of birds, mammals and insects throughout the year?
If you were unable to answer these questions you will certainly know the most important producer of oxygen on this planet – the element we all need to breathe and thus survive the following 5 minutes. Yes, you are right, it´s the plants - mainly trees and shrubs. Our life without them can neither be imagined nor lived.
Beside these functions trees and shrubs also fulfil a large number of other functions – they supply us and our animals with food, provide us with screening against undesired views and they are perfect at reducing the noise levels on delicate structures of their leaves and small branches. They are also able to collect most of the dust we humans create when performing our activities such as transport, agriculture, industrial production and sport. And even more importantly, they produce the only self-renewable material we are using in construction, industry and our households – the timber.
Trees and bushes produce no waste. They have a 100% recycling ability. And even in the process of their own biodegradation they produce some of our most valuable resources – soil, peat and humus. In their natural environment you do not need to produce them. They reproduce themselves on their own as they did already millions of years ago.
Their impact on the local climate is deep and profound. The forest is able to accumulate up to 70% of the rainfall and then to release it slowly back into atmosphere. New future rain clouds are created in the process thus creating and endless circle of rain absorption and rain creation and preserving the vital water in the forested regions. Furthermore, trees and shrubs provide us with a fantastic aesthetic experience. Birds and insects sing in their canopies, they produce thousands of different flower types and fragrances and present us a colourful display of leaf hues and shapes changing constantly as the seasons go by. They perform an enchanting play of light coming through their branches - from morning dew sparkling on their leaves, through sharp bright midday sunrays trying to penetrate through their branches - up to the long shade silhouettes they cast at dawn.
Now, do you already know why we plant them and why we have devoted our lives to them?
If you do - then enjoy this website – the result of thousands of working hours of our enthusiastic team of plant growers and plant lovers - the contributors to this plant database.
Juro Sebestyen, MSc
June 2, 2008