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Trees for Cities brings trees back to urban settings

GreaterGood.org works with a multitude of charitable partners dedicated to preserving wildlife habitat, rainforests, and other wilderness areas. But what about urban spaces?

Trees for Cities, a new charitable partner in 2010, began as an effort to "re-green" London. As the organization grew, it received more requests from cities throughout Great Britain and around the world to launch similar programs. Today this worldwide organization continues to plant trees in public spaces as well as providing support for educational work with schools and community groups and vocational training in arboriculture and horticulture.

Hurango seedlinkTheir current projects include the reintroduction of the native huarango tree in Peru. In western Peru, the huarango's pods have been used as fodder for livestock, ground into flour for human consumption, sweetened into molasses, or even fermented into beer. The light yellow flowers serve as a haven for bees, and the tree itself helps capture seasonal floodwaters on their way from the Andes to the Pacific, supporting humans, animals, and plants.

Working with Peruvian non-profit organization ANIA (Association for Children and the Environment), Trees For Cities helps the people of this region recapture sustainable livelihoods based around the huarango tree. To learn more about this project, click here.

In Great Britain, where Trees For Cities began, projects are sprouting up throughout the country. In London, Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Reading, Sheffield, and Nottingham, new trees provide needed habitat for migrating and local songbirds. To learn more about these efforts, click here.

More information about all of GreaterGood.org's charitable partners can be found here.
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