Trees are the backbone of our communities. They shade the yards and sidewalks, prevent heat islands, improve physical and mental wellbeing, filter out air pollutants, tame stormwater, and reduce crime, and create a sense of place. While community trees are providing immeasurable benefits for those living among them, not all neighborhoods enjoy ample tree canopy.
It’s no secret that number and quality of trees in a city has a socio-economic aspect. Poorer neighborhoods typically have far fewer trees than wealthier ones. Homes, sidewalks, schools and parks in lower-income areas often don’t benefit from the shade of large mature trees. These areas all but devoid of green space. Tree Peace is dedicated to supporting tree planting projects where they are needed most. With your continued support we are able to improve the quality of life in underprivileged neighborhoods that have a historically low tree canopy.
Houston's Historic Freedman's Town is a great example. In the early 2000's, homes were built in this underserved community, with minimal tree canopy. In fact, more than 90% of the homes were built on lots without trees. Twenty years later, little has changed. This fall we want to provide the opportunity for every homeowner to have a 15 gallon tree planted in their yard. There are over 200 homes without trees, help us transform the tree canopy of this historic community!