Much has been made of trees going down in favor of flatter ground ripe for development in our neighborhoods, but at least one local effort recently turned the tables in the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest area.
Last Friday morning, dozens of volunteers from Coca-Cola Southwest and Trees For Houston spent the mid-day rush planting fifty (50) 15 and 30-gallon trees along the White Oak Bayou near the intersection of 34th Street and East T.C. Jester. Trees For Houston partnered with the Houston Parks Board as the “trees” component of the Bayou Greenways 2020 initiative dedicated to beautifying the area’s bayous.
“They’re going to create shade and cool this entire area down, so this cement will last longer due to the shade and cooling effect; plus, all of this will be much nicer, and easier for people to use,” Trees For Houston Executive Director Barry Ward said.
Meanwhile, Coca-Cola made a generous $10,000 donation to assist in the purchase, planting and future upkeep of the area.
“We have a commitment to sustainability and water stewardship, so this is all part of the mission,” spokesperson Morris Smith said. “It’s about not just talking the talk, but also putting some action behind it.”
Read more about how the project can benefit our local area and its residents in next week’s edition of The Leader.