How to Tell a Compelling (Tree) Story

We spill a lot of ink on this blog on topics like policy, history, research, and opinion as they relate to green infrastructure. That’s great – and we’re going to keep doing it! – but where trees are concerned, sometimes it’s before and after photos that tell the most compelling story. Pictures document change in a completely different way than words ever can; they speak to a different sort of experience. This is what I mean when I write about remembering how places feel rather than how they look alone.

For the past several months, we’ve been working on a big project: a new and hugely improved Flickr page featuring projects of ours that span different sites, applications, countries, and age. Take a scroll through; we’re really excited about it. Today’s post is basically a photo essay of a selection of projects across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  It’s a reminder of the transformative power trees have on the built environment and, perhaps more importantly, how people experience that environment.

Click on each set of images to blow it up much larger, or go directly to our Flickr page for an even bigger selection.

Glenmore Bypass
(Kelowna, BC)

Glenmore Bypass Kelowna_2010_2014

Left: the trees in 2010 / Right: the trees in 2014

Greengate
(Salford, United Kingdom)

Greengate Salford_2012_2014

Left: trees in 2012 / Right: trees in 2014

Lincoln Center Bosque
(New York, NY)

Lincoln Center_2009_2014

Left: trees in 2009 / Right: trees in 2014

Maple Ridge Lougheed
(Maple Ridge, BC)

Maple Ridge Lougheed_2010_2014

Left: trees in 2010 / Right: trees in 2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
(Washington DC)

MLK_2012_2014

Left: Trees in 2012 / Right: trees in 2014

Princes Street
(Ipswich, UK)

Princes Street Ipswich_2010_2014

Left: trees in 2010 / Right: trees in 2014

Sugar Beach
(Toronto, ON)

Sugar Beach_2011_2014

Left: trees in 2011 / Right: trees in 2014

Trinity Square
(Stockton-on-Tees, UK)

Trinity Square_2012_2014

Left: trees in 2012 / Right: trees in 2014

University of North Carolina Bell Tower
(Chapel Hill, NC)

UNC Bell Tower_2012_2014

Left: trees in 2012 / Right: trees in 2014

Royal Air Force Bomber Command
(London, UK)

Bomber Command_2012_2014

Left: trees in 2012 / Right: trees in 2014

Calgary EEEL Building
(Calgary, AB)

Calgary EEEL_2010_2014

Left: trees in 2010 / Right: trees in 2014

CCIS Building at University of Alberta – Edmonton
(Edmonton, AB)

CCIS Edmonton_2011_2014

Left: trees in 2011 / Right: trees in 2014

Dortmund Square
(Leeds, UK)

Dortmund Square_2013_2014

Left: tree in 2013 / Right: tree in 2014

Historic 4th Ward Park
(Atlanta, GA)

Historic 4th Ward_2011_2014

Left: trees in 2011 / Right: trees in 2014

For more before and after photos, please visit our Flickr page.

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