Faith Church Reforestation Project
We are building an urban forest! With support from Blue Water Baltimore and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, we plan to remove the northernmost section of our parking lot (26 spaces) in order to plant 60-70 native trees and flowering groundcover.
Why would we do such a thing?
- To care for creation
- Trees scrub carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce oxygen we breathe.
- Removing part of our parking lot will improve the quality and decrease the quantity of storm runoff. Natural groundcover reduces runoff, slowing and filtering rainwater by allowing it to permeate the ground. Excessive concrete in our city means stormwater runoff is the fastest growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.
- Trees have a cooling effect, counteracting the heat trapped in our city by concrete roads and lots.
- To care for our neighbors
- Trees are good for our health. Exposure to forests improves our immune response, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, improves our mood, and helps us focus.
- Neighborhoods with trees are safer; studies have shown a 10% reduction in crime the greener a building’s surroundings are.
- Pockets of green space increase and improve our daily access to trees.
- To be better stewards
- As people of faith, we believe God calls us to be good stewards of the land entrusted to us. To us, that means planting trees.
WHEN is this going to happen? The work will be done in three phases: two phases of asphalt removal, and then tree planting in the late fall.
- Early-mid August 2022: When the contractor is able to work us into their schedule, the first half of the lot will be removed and groundcover planted.
- Mid-late September 2022: Second half of the lot will be removed, curbs built, and remaining groundcover will be planted.
- Late November 2022: Tree planting!
On October 15, 2022, we hope to have an eco-festival in the newly created greenspace. We will plant and give away trees, celebrate the project with food and live music, a community art project, prayers for the earth, and environmental education about the Chesapeake Bay and Herring Run. Stay tuned for more information!
If you want to learn more, get involved to plant trees or help with the eco-fest, or have concerns, please let us know!