Based on the firm conviction of the planet’s need for us to give back the life which we have taken, the BioLand Raising Trees Program originates.
Based on the firm conviction of the planet’s need for us to give back the life which we have taken, the BioLand Raising Trees Program originates.See More
We look for and analyze places in the city with many CO2 emissions and without sufficient trees
We rescue and buy indigenous trees for the zone
We plant and maintain the trees for at least seven years.
Finally, we remove the protective baskets when the trees no longer need them.
The division receives the necessary funds directly from the organization, subject to the compliance with a series of very specific environmental regulations and a strong commitment from the human team.
This is how each tree is planted, cared for, and followed for many years with the object of assuring us that the objective is complied with. Unfortunately, in actuality, in many cases reforestation has been converted into one more advertising mechanism. Many times, thousands of trees are planted which later are left abandoned to their own fate. For this reason they end up dying of thirst or drowned by plagues and weeds, unable to survive and prosper.
For our part, the protective fence which is placed around each tree functions as a guarantee of the commitment, assuring continuity in the care of each specimen planted, certifying that it will never be abandoned while it becomes a healthy and robust tree, ready to be converted into the city’s and its inhabitants’ patrimony, at which time the protective fence is removed.
The principal work of BioLand Raising Trees is based on the commitment of continued maintenance for each tree for a period no less than seven years. This maintenance consists of constant rounds, mechanical weeding (with the use of herbicides absolutely prohibited), cleaning of garbage, cure of plagues by organic methods, replacement of damaged specimens, and watering (every three days) of the youngest trees during the dry season.
Parallel to this, the program includes defense work, complicated rescues and transfers of existing mature trees which are found under the threat of being cut down for urban advancement or also of being damaged for diverse reasons.
Early every morning, trucks especially equipped for this work transport our vocational group which is ready to realize its valuable and gratifying daily environmental work.
Civic Environmental Education
During the last several years, we have been witnesses, with great approval, of how the tree has gained a new importance for our citizens. This was hardly noticed before. Well, urban development was the priority in the minds of past generations, supposing a full vignette of arborization, a return to the countryside or to under development. While greater the habitational density, greater also was the desertification of the cities. Our actual inhabitants, instead, are experiencing a positive transformation, each time showing more, a willingness to act directed at improving the environment in which they live and they have realized the dimension of the positive and indispensable contributions of these “green neighbors.” That is how we receive constant requests from people interested in having trees in their houses and neighborhoods. Also, that we are witnesses of the care and affection which they now lavish.
The above is not surprising if, in addition to enumerating the uncountable psychological, social, and ecological benefits which trees provide, we point out that, day by day, an urban zone with large green areas has a high added value and these are the urban elements which increase their appreciation more with the passage of time.
The Tree: Urban Ally
Old, healthy, and robust trees are irreplaceable and part of the generational legacy. They are the urban assets which, as they age, are converted into invaluable resources of difficult, if not impossible, replacement. Well preserved, these trees will make our cities be more attractive and valuable.
Although the first thing which we observe in the tree is its balanced esthetic beauty, this is much more than a simple decorative element. In it we find an irreplaceable ally to live every day in our noisy, asphalt cities, built without proper design and without taking greater green spaces for recreation into account. The few private spaces with trees are usually the privilege of a small part of the population which can economically afford them. Instead, the majority of neighborhoods tend to be planned with ever narrower streets, taking advantage of the last meter of habitational space and forgetting the vital importance of arborization.
Through our ambitious urban tree planting program, we intend to change some of the failures of our immediate environment, improving the scenery and public spaces, while generating a valuable heritage for future inhabitants of our cities.
Esthetics in the City
From the point of view of urban esthetics, the tree is, without a doubt, the most valuable element. Its majestic presence, the beauty of its flowers and foliage, allow those hostile elements in sight which make our environment ugly to be hidden, such as cables, security wires, commercial signs, rusting roofs, etc.
Urban arborization also compensates for the visual chaos which vehicular traffic, garbage containers, posts, and steel braces produce.
The trees’ foliage engulfs us in a scene of tranquility and solace, and even makes us remember fun years from childhood and youth which were passed in their shade.
The wooded city becomes part of our life, enriching it and filling it with beautiful images. There is nothing more pleasant than to walk with our loved ones, friends, and pets on a sidewalk or in a park full of trees.
The Tree in Our Psychology
Many studies affirm that the vision of trees gives people the sensation of wellbeing, helping to eliminate nervous or emotional tension, and contributing to emotional equilibrium. Planted in pots or lining the roads, they help the walker to feel better and improve the attention of the driver.
Investigations done by various universities in the world confirm that people who work in an environment in which they are can see trees or in which they are surrounded by trees improve their productivity, creativity, and sensation of happiness with their work. The same effect is obtained with students who increase their attention and concentration in the classes.
In accordance with analyses which are centered in the hospital environment, patients who have the possibility to see trees from the window by their bed tend to spend less time in the hospital than those without views.
Various studies indicate that trees can help to combat crime since they improve coexistence and, in this way, violent behavior indirectly. Some investigations in the United States conclude that green urban landscapes help to control the sensation of fear as well as violence, and, curiously, found that the neighborhoods with more green zones have lower delinquency rates.
Improvement of Urban Ecology
Trees are the foundation and the matrix for the existence of millions of human beings on the earth. Hence, we believe that we need to return them to the earth, placing them and taking care of them on each corner that it is possible for us to plant them, especially where we have indiscriminately uprooted them to construct our cities. They are one of the major contributions that we can make for the improvement of the urban ecosystem since they make up the home of hundreds of living beings in the city: butterflies, a great variety of native and migratory birds, small mammals and insects which play a vital role in the food chain of all these species which find lodging, food, and protection in their branches.
The reduction of toxic carbon monoxide (the fruit of urban pollution), as well as the generation of oxygen, which contributes to combat climate change, is the natural job of our trees. Without them, our atmosphere deteriorates day by day and, as a consequence of this, our health and quality of life are affected, which decline unfailingly. Scientifically speaking, trees diminish the contaminating gases in the air by capturing them through the stomas of their leaves. Likewise, they play a preponderant role in the reduction of small particles of materials which are in suspension in the atmosphere. These are retained on the surface of the plant until they are washed off by the rain and dragged to the ground. In this way, they constitute an efficient form of retention for many atmospheric contaminants such as sand, dust, ash, pollen, and smoke, improving the quality of the air which we breathe daily.
To give us an idea of their cleaning capacity, a few trees can absorb in a day the contaminants emitted by hundreds of vehicles.
Trees are efficient detainers of water and humidity which they send and maintain underground and from them subterranean aquifers are fed. On the other hand, the simple fact of being planted is an advantage at the time to drain the waters during our copious rainy season since they reduce soil erosion, functioning as detention/retention structures which are essential to avoid flooding. In this way, we save on drainage systems and the sewer system in the cities is made more efficient.
Likewise, urban trees constitute a natural barrier. With their vegetable mass, they soften and absorb noise from the streets and roads providing more tranquility and improving our state of mind as well as the quality of our rest. Distinct tests on land have demonstrated that plantations of trees and bushes may significantly reduce external sounds. The leaves and branches reduce the noise, dispersing it while the soil absorbs it. Added to this is the fact that the dynamism of the movement and the sound produced by the branches and the leaves of the trees waved by the wind notably enriches the environmental quality of the place.
On its side, the absence of trees causes undesirable climatic changes, those which tend to increase the extremes and diminish the averages. This generates more suffocating heat, more intense cold, droughts, or uncontrolled rains.
The phenomenon by which the cities are hotter than the surrounding countryside is known as urban “heat island,” and is based as much on the liberation of heat by building surfaces and pavements as on the origins rooted in human activity to emit gases to the atmosphere. In this way, the hot and contaminated air is retained above the city. The presence of trees is a critical aspect to lower the temperature since they provide shade to buildings, asphalt, and concrete.
Through the proper evaporation of soils with vegetation, a thermic alleviation is offered, helping to reduce the greenhouse effect and regulating the relative humidity of the air. Actually, numerous studies exist where the moderating effect which wooden urban areas possess over the temperature and the humidity are investigated, making comparisons of records obtained on streets with wooden areas and without them. With respect to summer temperatures, numerous investigations indicate that they significantly reduce the intensity of the heating, in some cases reaching a difference of 4 degrees C and up to 11% humidity in intensely wooded cities. Also, it is known that in places which face very cold winters the vegetation directly influences the temperature in the city, softening the harshness of winter since the forest canopy acts as a blanket, causing the temperature to vary less than in open places.
In addition, trees provide an energy savings since, by being planted strategically around buildings, businesses, and houses, they reduce the necessity of climatization during the whole year since they regulate solar radiation, helping to improve the climate through evapotranspiration. Because of this, they have been called natural air conditioners. One well developed tree can reach to transpire thousands of liters of water a day.
Air movement also affects human comfort. Trees reduce the wind speed and tend to create protected areas. Their correct placement has the capacity to eliminate air currents around the corners or the entrance to buildings.
It is known that foliage minimizes or dissipates the energy of the rain, constituting a form of “curtain” which avoids an overly strong direct incidence of rain against structures or people.
That is how the majestic and beautiful trees are irreplaceable in the life of man and improve the life of all living beings.
The tree on our streets, although young, becomes a mirror which reflects our human condition. Its stains, its wounds, speak of our civility, of our solidarity, of the degree of respect towards living beings, and remind us how much we have to do. Julian Marias (Dr. Philosophy, Univ. of Madrid, 1914-2005).
Arborization identifies a place, developing local identity and increasing the self-esteem of its communities. Because of this, so many cities around the world bear the name of their native species. The tree, throughout human history, has been the indicator of great historical events and has always been present in the artistic expressions of the human being since they are evocative of other times, places, and sentiments. Its presence, its essence, its color, and its smell are tangibles in the cultural collection of the citizens through their history. Because of this we have been busy labeling all the species and also planting varieties which evoke the name of neighborhoods so that citizens, and especially the youth, experience a healthy encounter and appreciation of their scope.
We meet with these beautiful examples on our way to our daily activities. This unites us in some way with our authentic roots and our original love for life on the planet until getting to understand that these trees were there, on the same site, millions of years before man took his first steps on the earth.
The signage with phrases and names on the protective fences of the small planted trees highlights their functions and importance. In addition, the integration of children in the work of planting and caring for the trees represents an additional educational benefit for the good of future generations. To grow up with trees educates the consciousness towards the respect and admiration of nature.
We invite the public to hug our trees. It is proven that doing this notably improves our sensitivity, the perception of the importance of our actions as citizens, and will improve our affectionate relationship with family, friends, and neighbors since the tree reflects the humility of one who lives to serve, to lavish oneself with fruits and flowers, and to always be present in the coming times. Its vibrations are strength, but at the same time delicate. Its trunk is iron and strong, but it is capable of harboring the most fragile lives which nest in its branches. Let us stop to admire its colors, its flowers, its fruits, and its leaves. Let us feel its aroma and let us convert it into an indispensable part of our city experience.