Local radio station, 90.3 WCPN ideastream, recently did a story about people coming together to plant more trees in Central and other communities in Cleveland. The Cleveland Tree Plan has a goal to plant more trees in the inner city of Cleveland. Trees are important to a neighborhood because they can actually make a community healthier to live in.
Quiana Singleton is Promise Ambassador and Climate Ambassador for Burton Bell Carr Development agency. She is helping to plant trees in Central. Quiana was interviewed about all the work she is doing to increase greenery in Central:
One of those ambassadors, Quiana Singleton, through a grant from Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, has developed a project for school-aged children in Kinsman. Her goal is to teach the kids at Anton Grdina School, how to plant and care for new trees.
On a recent sunny September morning Singleton, with the help of arborists from Holden Arboretum and the Western Reserve Land Conservancy kicked off the first session of the pilot project with 12 sixth graders on the school grounds, 2995 E, 71st St. With shovels in hand the students dug up dirt, put compost around the newly-planted roots, learned the benefits of earth worms and possibly gained a greater appreciation for trees.
Singleton fancies herself as a tree prophet whose goal is to gather disciples in the quest to bring more trees and maintained greens space to Kinsman and the adjacent Central neighborhoods.
She is a passionate advocate for the neighborhood and for respecting trees.
“They get stressed and people doesn’t know that. They do not know that trees actually get stressed. When they’re cutting the grasses right. When it hits the tree because it’s like when you hit the tree and like when you hit your feet you’re like ahhh. You know that feeling? I be wondering if the tree feels like that because the trees is alive,” Singleton said.
You can listen to the interview or read the story online here: http://www.ideastream.org/news/increasing-tree-equity-one-cleveland-neighborhood-at-a-time