WHY should Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association plant more trees in the city of Richmond? For lots of reasons – read, below, for the short list. But before we tell you all of the GREAT reasons to plant trees in Scott’s Addition, we want to tell you that besides the tree planting on January 28, we had another 25 trees planted by Richmond’s city contractor. We are greening Scott’s Addition, like crazy!! Our Tree Stewards and volunteers couldn’t be happier. Neither could our neighbors! This particular planting happened as part of a State Grant we were preliminary awarded, late 2016. The 25 trees planted (on the map, below) were part of the 2016 Virginia Trees for Clean Water Program.
Here is some new babies trying to fight their way through this cold snap, in Richmond! These trees were planted in January 2017.
Why worry about planting trees in the concrete jungle?
- Trees provide oxygen – one acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.
- Trees combat climate change – trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air.
- Trees clean the air – trees absorb odors and pollutants (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
- Trees cool the streets and the city – trees cool the city by up to 10°F, by providing shade and breaking up urban “heat islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
- Trees help prevent water pollution – trees reduce runoff by breaking rainfall and when mulched, trees act like a sponge that filters this water naturally and uses it to recharge groundwater supplies.
- Trees reduce violence – Neighborhoods and homes that are barren have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts. Trees and landscaping help to reduce the level of fear.
- Trees bring diverse groups of people together – look at the neighborhood engagement that Scott’s Addition has had because of cleanup and tree planting! All cultures, ages, and genders have an important role to play at a tree planting event.
- Trees block things – trees can mask unsightly views and muffle sounds – creating an eye-soothing canopy of green. Trees absorb dust and wind and reduce glare.
- Trees increase property values – The beauty of a well-planted street and neighborhood can raise property values by as much as 15 percent. For that we are grateful, in Scott’s Addition!
- Trees increase business traffic – studies show that the more trees and landscaping a business district has, the more business will flow in. A tree-lined street will also slow traffic – enough to allow the drivers to look at the store fronts instead of whizzing by.
- The best reason to plant trees, as far as we know is to bring this neighborhood together, for a common cause. We love Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association and so do all of our tree planters. What’s not to love?