This Saturday, April 25, Up With Trees will join forces with the people from the Brady Heights Neighborhood Association to plant about 500 trees along the east side of the LL Tisdale highway between the 600 -1200 north block. The project’s goal is focused on the planting of various nut trees, fruit trees, and evergreens to help combat the neighborhood’s pollution levels, decrease runoff, provide a sound barrier, and involve the neighborhood teens in outdoor activities. These nut trees will be maintained and harvested by the youth in North Tulsa to encourage their involvement in the community, help build work experience, and positively grow their self-confidence.
“As I watch the many cars and trucks driving on the highways surrounding my neighborhood, it always makes me think of the amount of pollution my family is breathing,” says Nathan Pickard, the Vice President of Brady Height Neighborhood Association. “Our partnership with Up With Trees is helping us grow Tulsa’s urban forest while reducing the neighborhoods pollution, thus creating a healthier community.” The Tisdale Food Forest will include about 100 Chinese Chestnuts, 50 Pecan, 10 Plum, 10 Peach, 20 Fig, 5 Cherry, 20 Mulberry, 20 Apple, 10 Jujubes, 50 Virginia Pine, 40 Black Locust, and 50 Loblolly Pine trees.
Planning for the planting of these trees and ensuring their longevity has incorporated bioswale and keyline design into the project. Bioswales are depressions in the land which will help to better distribute water to each tree as well as give the water enough time to percolate into the ground. The keyline design locates where the lowest point of the land meets the steepest drop to naturally acquire the most water and limit the amount of damaging runoff. “The way this project was designed, to catch runoff as it comes through the neighborhood and downhill, will take that polluted water out of our stormwater system,” explains Steve Grantham, the Executive Director at Up With Trees. “On top of all that, it is a food forest. It will grow nuts, fruits, it has an understory of blackberries, and with the various benefits trees already provide to air quality, water quality, and neighborhoods, this fruit forest will produce food for the neighborhood’s future generations.”
For more information on the Tisdale Food Forest call Up With Trees at (918) 610-8733 or visit the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tisdalefoodforest.