Trees provide environmental, economic and community benefits.
It has been demonstrated that trees in urban areas:
- clean the air of pollutants, create oxygen, and absorb CO2
- reduce domestic violence and child abuse
- promote healing (faster recovery times from illness)
- reduce the stress response of body and mind
- absorb high frequency noise which is the most distressing frequency range for humans
- foster more sociable and pleasant environments that build community
- lower heating and cooling costs of nearby buildings
- reduce water run-off
- increase property values
- beautify spaces
- provide essential habitat for many species
- and more!
Additionally, we are planting fruit trees that will provide tons of fruit for decades to come.
1) Million Trees NYC,
2) South Carolina Forestry Commission
3) Sullivan, W.C and Kuo, Frances E. "Do Trees Strengthen Communities, Reduce Domestic Violence?"
4) Sustainable Cities Institute
5) Trees Forever
Benefits of Urban Fruit Trees
Want to know more about the social and environmental benefits of trees?
Check out the Prezi (on the right) that Growing Together's Director Mallika presented at the Evolver Network's HiveMind event in Berkeley in 2013.
Here you will find more detailed info on how fruit trees are linked to community healing through social, environmental and human health impacts!