Still weighing up whether I should be wearing a flower in my hair (fifty years too late!), I made my first visit to San Francisco last year. I loved the city; and part of the reason for that was the beautiful tree-lined streets in many of the neighbourhoods. Since the 1980’s there has been a movement to revitalise the city’s Urban Forest through community participation. The Friends of the Urban Forest help individuals and communities green their own streets, creating a more attractive and healthier environment, reducing crime, absorbing traffic noise and pollution, reducing temperatures and capturing rainwater so reducing flooding.
Those miniature gardens below the trees are also all over the city and are a brilliant idea benefitting from the microclimate created by the tree. Pull up a few paving slabs and off you go!
We walked for miles exploring the city and those streets with a beautiful green canopy made a real difference on a hot day.
Another green surprise are the staircase gardens linking one switchback street to another. They are mini green spaces enhancing the neighbourhood and making their exploration a real pleasure. Great views across the city too.
And I just can’t resist a tree wearing a cosy!
More next time on a surprising and iconic green space in New York!