Street trees are a vital asset to the health of an urban community. They help mitigate storm water overflow and extract carbon from the air. Their shade serves to cool sidewalks, and greenery has a notable positive effect on human psychology. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has a great video outlining the many benefits of city trees. In fact, trees may be the city’s hardest workers. Check out the amazing job they do:
But city streets are a stressful environment to grow up in, and the trees need our help! A little basic care, such as clearing trash and animal waste and applying compost mulch, can ensure that the city’s trees provide lasting benefits.
You can support New York’s street trees with the help of NYC Parks’ tree map, which now includes over 680,000 street trees and has recorded over 7,400 tree care activities! Add your activity to the database and show the trees how much you care!
The NYC Compost Project Hosted by Big Reuse supports tree TLC efforts by providing compost mulch to community tree stewards. Fill out our request form here.
You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up your school, community, or business group for one of our regular volunteer tree care events.