|New York’s urban forest is spectacular.|
We might not think of the concrete jungle as very green or environmentally friendly, but unbelievably, NYC has more than five million trees, and 592,000 of those trees live and grow on city streets. That’s impressive….
In NYC’s urban forest, we’ll encounter Ginkgo, Sweet Gum, Red Maple, Golden Rain Tree, Crabapple, Japanese Flowering Cherry, and a plethora of other varieties.
Plus, the city has its list of mature trees, which began in 1985 when New Yorkers nominated specific trees for the title of “Great Tree.” Many of these beauties are in Central Park, Prospect Park, Woodlawn Cemetery and Wave Hill in the Bronx. All in, these Great Trees have a value of more than $24 million. Somewhere in the five boroughs, the American Elm, White Pine, Dawn Redwood, Southern Magnolia, Bald Cypress, Willow Oak, and American Sycamore, among other stately species have a home.
Strolling on a brownstone-lined street or jogging around the reservoir in Central Park, we should be aware of the many different trees, and how magnificent, glorious, and majestic these trees are. But aesthetics remain only part of the reason why trees are so important in our lives. Trees enhance our quality of life because they improve our air by removing pollutants. Trees keep us cool on scorching hot summer days. Trees increase property values and may even help reduce violence in our communities.
In New York, we’re fortunate to have lush, public parks teeming with trees of all shapes and sizes throughout much of the city, not to mention charming side streets decorated with flowering species. After writing this blog post, I won’t take the trees in my neighborhood for granted again.
Thanks to Florence-based Treedom, the only website in the world where you can plant a tree with a simple click and watch it grow online, we can all contribute to the earth’s number of trees.
Treedom created a way for us to get involved in a tree-planting project no matter where we live. We can select a tree to be planted in places like Kenya, Senegal, Venezuela, and Italy. In addition to regular trees that are always available on the website, Treedom is offering four limited edition trees for Mother’s Day, which are available to purchase through May 8. We have the option to buy a mango tree that will get planted in Haiti, or an avocado or cocoa tree that will get planted in Africa. Each tree species symbolizes something different. For example, the orange tree signifies optimism.
Planting a tree for mom on Mother’s Day is a unique gift idea, and I plan to purchase one for my mom. (I’m not telling you what kind of tree you’re getting, Mom.) I’ll be able to view photos of the tree I select –– just like an adoption –– and watch it mature and thrive. Flowers don’t last longer than a week, but a tree will prosper for years to come!
Each tree will be planted with care, grow old in the same place where its roots found a home and be nurtured and protected by a local farmer. What’s more, part of Treedom’s mission is to use local farmers’ knowledge and skills, helping to better social and financial conditions for their farms and families.
Not only is a Treedom tree an original gift, but planting a tree will help the planet. If you’re looking for a creative gift for your mom on Mother’s Day, #WhyNotATree?