Garden Club Brings Back Reimbursement Program
The Cooper-Young Garden Club has announced the start of its yearly tree fund reimbursement program to add to the neighborhood’s canopy of trees.
Native trees are a vital part of our neighborhood infrastructure. Trees improve air quality, reduce noise levels, absorb storm water, provide a wildlife habitat, moderate temperatures by cooling our streets and cities, prevent erosion, and provide energy savings. Trees create a tapestry of color, shapes, and shade that changes throughout the year. The color green is calming and relieves eye strain. Trees screen unattractive views and soften the harsh outline of masonry, metal, asphalt, steel and glass. People walk and jog more on shaded streets, which encourages interaction with neighbors and improves the sense of community. Homes landscaped with trees sell more quickly and are worth 5 to 15 percent more than homes without trees. Where the entire street is tree-lined, homes may be worth 25 percent more. Trees enhance economic stability by attracting businesses; people linger and shop longer when trees are present. Where a canopy of trees exists, apartments and offices rent more quickly and have a higher occupancy rate; workers report more productivity and less absenteeism. Studies show that urban vegetation slows heartbeats, lowers blood pressure, and relaxes brain wave patterns.
The Cooper-Young Garden Club is committed to increasing the number and variety of tree species in the neighborhood. The club is urging homeowners and business owners to continue to rebuild the canopy of native trees by planting trees, caring for the ones they currently own, and giving financial support to the garden club to replant trees.
Staring January 1st, the CYGC will offer a tree reimbursement program to CY homeowners.
The Cooper Young Garden Club will reimburse for two trees a year in our neighborhood. The program will be on a first come, first served basis. The CYGC will reimburse for half of the cost of the tree, not to exceed $100.00.
Applicants must line in the Cooper-Young neighborhood and be a member of the neighborhood association. Tree species must be selected from the list. A receipt must be kept for reimbursement. Contact the CYGC arboretum chairman Judi Shellabarger (901-496-1696) to notify of intent to plant.
Trees Eligible for the CYGC Reimbursement Program:
Southern Red Oak
Northern Red Oak
Silver Korean Fir
Contorted White Pine
Japanese White Pine
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar