As you might know if you have been reading even just parts of my blog- I am not only a huge fan of TreePeople– but they also went above and beyond the norm in helping me get 7 trees planted on San Pedro Street last December. I initially heard about them while volunteering for “put-a-bed-together-day” next door at the new Downtown Women’s Center, which opened soon after I moved into the neighborhood. I heard some of the other volunteers talking about TreePeople- and I knew right away that I had to find out more about this organization, because I am a tree-person too.
Even now, after my first tree-planting has long since wrapped up- I still feel connected to TreePeople, and I imagine I will continue to be for a long time to come. Because the trees I planted are in an urban industrial district- I needed to get concrete cut in order create the tree wells that the trees would sit in. Cutting concrete requires all sorts of permits from the City and specific fees and contracted work not needed if one were to plant trees in say, a dirt parkway. Unpaving Los Angeles is something that TreePeople is actively working with communities throughout the region to do. Going from a concrete environment to a more permeable one, helps restore the land, allowing rainwater to fill our water tables underground.
This was the first time that I have visited the TreePeople headquarters and boy- was I blow away by what a beautiful compound they have!
In addition to the hiking trails that encircle their property, TreePeople also has several instructional gardens and environmentally friendly designed structures and systems set up to teach people how to create more sustainable green spaces which capture the maximum amount of rainwater possible.
TreePeople headquarters- just go there.