The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Tree Tenders Program Planting Thousands Of New Trees In Philadelphia Area – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Thousands of new trees are being planted in the area. Research shows that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society‘s Tree Tenders Project is improving health and saving lives.

We know that trees make the air better, but there is now research showing that trees have a number of other health benefits.

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They’ve arrived – a new shipment of 1,300 trees being unpacked at the Navy Yard.

“Each of the piles behind me goes to a different neighborhood,” said Tim Ifill, director of trees at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

It is not just a beautification mission. This tree planting program is about your health.

“We have a lot of data that shows that residents who live in neighborhoods like this one with a lot of trees have better health outcomes and are happier and less stressed and even live longer,” said Ifill.

CBS3 met Ifill on the 4400 block of Chestnut Street, where they planted these trees in 2006.

“We try not to plant just one species in one place,” he said.

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Mature trees provide what is called a canopy, which turns out to have a direct impact on health.

“Increasing the city’s canopy to 30% of the land area would prevent 403 premature deaths per year, the largest proportion being in low-income neighborhoods,” said Michelle C. Kondo, scientist in the forest service of USDA.

Kondo carried out the first study analyzing trees and their impact on health.

“Cardiovascular disease is lower in greener neighborhoods,” Kondo said. “Seeing and observing nature and green spaces reduces our stress levels and our blood pressure, helps us to be calmer and to have a better mood. “

Trees also filter air and reduce summer temperatures, and neighborhoods with more trees have less gun violence.

“Having these trees really provides an added health benefit in several different dimensions,” Kondo said.

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The program called Tree Tenders has planted more than 25,000 trees in the area.

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