Valuing Trees: What is Nature Worth?

Planet Ark's 2014 research, sponsored by Toyota, highlights the financial, health and well-being, social, and environmental benefits of nature at home, in the workplace, and at school.

The report titled Valuing Trees – What is nature worth?, found that Australians really do place a value on nature:

  • Home buyers are prepared to pay an average of $35,000* extra for a house in a green leafy area than they would for an identical house in a less green area,  

  • Workers will sacrifice an average of $3,674 in salary* to be able to connect with nature at work and

  • Parents consider green school grounds to be just as important as good academic outcomes and reputation for the kid’s school.   

It also found that having plants in and around the workplace and classroom helps: reduce sick leave and stress; boosts productivity and creativity; and filters and cleans the air.

Previous Research

Valuing Trees builds upon previous research commissioned by Planet Ark that highlighted the importance of contact with nature for children’s health, well-being and development.

2016 - Adding Trees - A Prescription for Health, Happiness and Fulfilment

2015 - Needing Trees: The Nature of Happiness

2013 - Missing Trees: The Inside Story of an Outdoor Nation