Beautifying areas of our community is a component of Keep Odessa Beautiful's mission.
Trees not only beautify our community but it also brings unity and hope!
- Trees provide opportunity for physical fitness. Urban forests of tree-lined sidewalks, parks, and open spaces have become increasingly popular as places to walk, run, bike, and hike.
- Neighborhoods with mature street trees tend to have more social interaction between neighbors than comparable neighborhoods without trees.
- Less violence occurs in urban public housing where there are trees. Researchers, Sullivan and Kuo (1996), suggest that trees afford a place for neighbors to meet and get to know each other. Their research showed that friendships develop into a network of support.
- Trees have been shown to increase concentration in children. And girls who are exposed to nature or live in greener communities tend to exhibit higher levels of self-discipline and decreases in impulsive, risky behavior.
- Closely-spaced trees along roads tend to slow traffic by giving the impression of narrow roads and speed as they zoom past your windows. They also serve as a buffer zone between streets and sidewalks, creating safer environments for joggers, pedestrians and children at play. • Workers with views of trees and nature from their desks experience less sick time and report greater job satisfaction.
- Hospital patients that see trees need less medication and have faster recovery times following surgery compared to patients without views of trees.
- Trees are shown to have a calming effect on people; people suffering from high stress tend to feel calmer in the presence of trees, thus improving overall health and well-being.
- Because of their long life and stately appearance, trees are often planted as living tributes or memorials to loved ones or to honor a specific event.
Texas A&M Forest Service (2018). Retrieved from http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/