A few Saturdays ago (April 14th) I got to experience my first tree planting event! It was so exciting and such a fun time. The weather was wonderful and it was great getting to meet all the volunteers. But the best part of my day, by far, was getting to help plant my first tree! It was such a cool feeling and only made me want to plan more!
A lot of the work I've been doing as an intern here at PNPP is preparing for these planting events, so getting to watch them happen is really satisfying. This experience was so incredible for me and I'm looking forward to the rest of the spring plantings!
On another note, one of the biggest focuses I've had during this internship is trying to make connections between these urban trees/plantings and community/community health. Being at these plantings I got to see first hand how they can bring so many different members of the community together. When researching the impact of urban trees on the community this isn't something that you can find in research studies. Participating in these plantings is a totally unique experience. I saw all different members of the community coming together to participate in this event like neighbors and students. Even passers by stopped to ask about what we were doing and asked how they could get involved!
I want to know more about the trees in YOUR life! Do you have a favorite tree? Do you have a tree that you can't stand? I want to know about it!
Branch Out and send me a picture of and/or with the tree and tell me what you love (or don't love) about it!
If you are interested in branch out send me an email or post on our facebook (post directly or DM) with the following information:
Each week I will be picking a different tree that you would find in Providence and some facts/info about that species. If you happen to spot a one of the trees featured in #NewTreeThursday send us some pictures! You can send the pictures to my email firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/providenceneighborhoodplantingprogram
Keep an eye out each Thursday for a new tree!
As a student studying human development (focusing on community health), I began my internship at PNPP feeling a little lost and having no background working with trees. The only thing that I knew connected human development/community health with planting trees was the health benefits that trees can bring to urban areas.
I decided that I needed to focus in on this and learn more about urban forestry and its connections to community health. I decided to do some general research on the benefits of trees. What I found wasn’t surprising at all: trees provide us with some of the most necessary things in life. They provide us with fresh oxygen, food, shelter/shade, and habitats for wildlife. Not only do they provide us with the basic things we need to survive, but they also help to clean our air, combat climate change, conserve energy, and save water! Trees are clearly a necessary and amazing part of our lives, the list of things that trees can do is endless. I am excited to continue this learning journey as an intern at PNPP this spring! Each week I will be making a new post about what is going on with PNPP and any other new information I learn throughout my internship!