Working along Gale Lane to plant some power-line approved trees! We are super excited about the new sidewalk on Gale between 12 Ave South and Belmont Blvd. We have already seen it being used by so many people. It is awesome to start adding some trees to the mix. These trees will help buffer traffic from the side walk and provide shade in the summer. This shade will not only cool things down in summer to make it more walker friendly by filtering direct sunlight it will actually prevent reflective heat from the sun bouncing off the pavement and asphalt. Huge thanks to the Belmont Animal Hospital for their donation to help plant these trees!
We are continuing our work to plant trees along Historic Belmont Blvd. in Nashville. This is a great opportunity to showcase what trees can do for walkable neighborhoods. These street trees provide shade along sidewalks during the summer. This shade reduces direct sunlight and cuts down reflective heat lowering temperatures by 10 to 15 degrees in the summer. They also provide a buffer between traffic and the sidewalks. Multiple studies show that when streets are lined with trees traffic slows down. We are excited to see these trees grow and provide beauty for our community for generations to come.
Check out our new design! Every Tee helps plant trees! Available now in Nashville at Cumberland Transit!!!
Mayor Megan Barry signing executive order to plant and protect trees in Nashville!
I. Metro Nashville’s Urban Tree Canopy is a utility that improves air quality, manages stormwater, supports public health, provides economic benefits, and increases quality of life for Nashville residents. This utility shall be managed as an asset, with tree protection and expansion programs that also provide flexibility to ensure development can continue throughout Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County.
We are excited about some new TreeShirt designs coming your way. This shirt was designed and printed locally by Andy at Friendly Arctic. Super cool! We have three designs coming your way. The picture below shows one of the designs which is printed in four different shirt colors with different art color options. Every Tee helps plant a tree. These are available at Cumberland Transit in Nashville and we are working on getting an online store back up and running!
Hey everyone! We have been hard at work planting street trees in the Belmont-Hillsboro Neighborhood of Nashville. Over the past few years we have planted over 600 trees that now line the streets! Our primary focus has been planting trees in the planting-strip between the sidewalk and street. These trees help shade the sidewalk and provide an added buffer between pedestrians and cars. Much of the space has power-lines located overhead so we alway choose the proper tree for the space. We are super excited about the three block stretch of 18th Ave. South between Portland and Blair. Here, the city installed a new sidewalk with a planting strip. We planted over 40 trees including 25 rudbud trees and three types of maples.
Super excited about the BHN "Wood for the Hood" fundraiser on Earthday. We love Belmont-Hillsboro's enthusiasm for planting trees. We set up some potted redbuds to line the entrance to the party!
Check it out! We have a temporary traffic calming circle set up in Nashville. Over the past several years we have been working with many groups to get this project going. Many thanks to Berkley Allen the District 18 Representative, TURBO, and Joe Wooley from the BHN traffic committee. The city has been gathering data prior to the installation as well as during the installation of the temporary circle. We have had great feedback and we are excited to see this move in a positive direction! Also looking forward to planting trees as these get installed throughout the city.
The last couple of weeks we have focused on planting "traffic calming" street trees. We planted in Wedgewood-Houston, East Nashville, 12 South, and Belmont-Hillsboro Neighborhoods. We're excited for these trees to take root and take to the sky!
Each year as the trees grow, the benefits the trees provide will grow. These trees will help provide the following benefits:
1. Create safer walking environments - By forming and framing visual walls and providing distinct edges to sidewalks so that motorists better distinguish between their environment and one shared with people. If a motorist were to significantly err in their urban driving task, street trees help deflect or fully stop the motorist from taking a human life
2. Rain, sun, heat and skin protection - For light or moderate rains, pedestrians find less need for rain protection. In cities with good tree coverage there is less need for chemical sun blocking agents. Temperature differentials fall 5 to 15 degrees and are felt when walking under tree canopied streets.
3. Reduced harm from tailpipe emissions - Automobile and truck exhaust is a major public health concern and contains significant pollutants, including carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and particulate matter (PM). Tailpipe emissions are adding to asthma, ozone and other health impacts. Impacts are reduced significantly from proximity to trees.
4. Gas transformation efficiency - Trees in street proximity absorb 9 times more pollutants than more distant trees, converting harmful gasses back into oxygen and other useful and natural gasses.
5. Lower urban air temperatures - A properly shaded neighborhood, mostly from urban street trees, can reduce energy bills for a household from 15-35% lowering energy costs to homeowners and consumers by shading homes from setting sun.
6. Time in travel perception- Other research and observations confirm that motorists perceive the time it takes to get through treed versus non-treed environments has a significant differential. A treeless environment trip is perceived to be longer than one that is treed (Walter Kulash, P.E.; speech circa 1994, Glatting Jackson).
7. Reduced road rage incidents - Although this may at first seem a stretch, there is strong, compelling research that motorist road rage is less in green urban versus stark suburban areas. Trees and aesthetics, which are known to reduce blood pressure, may handle some of this calming effect.
8. Longer pavement life - Studies conducted in a variety of California environments show that the shade of urban street trees can add from 40- 60% more life to costly asphalt. This factor is based on reduced daily heating and cooling (expansion/ contraction) of asphalt. As peak oil pricing increases roadway overlays, this will become a significant cost reduction to maintaining a more affordable roadway system.
9. Increased security - Trees create more pleasant walking environments, bringing about increased walking, talking, pride, care of place, association and therefore actual ownership and surveillance of homes, blocks, neighborhoods plazas, businesses and other civic spaces.
10. Connection to nature and the human senses - Urban street trees provide a canopy, root structure and setting for important insect and bacterial life below the surface. They act as essential lofty environments for song birds, seeds, nuts, squirrels and other urban life. We will most likely never see any advertisement for a marketed urban product, including cars, to be featured without street trees making the ultimate dominant, bold visual statement about place.
Planted 40 trees in Nashville's Wedgewood Houston Neighborhood. These trees will grow to help shade the west side of homes from the setting sun and lower energy bills, shade sidewalks for pedestrians, and create a buffer between cars and pedestrians. Traffic calming trees help to slow traffic, lower the heart rate of drivers, and beautify the neighborhood! Pictured here is Tree Catalog: 25, 841