Bronx River Sankofa Tree Appreciation Walk

Morgan Powell has expanded the Bronx River Sankofa envelope again by asking us to make the leap from history to reality as we take his latest walk.  Just as he made the Bronx River a meaningful focal point in Black history, he makes Trees an environmental counterpoint to the development of the Bronx and subsequently, the development of America. What a rich reward in identifying and understanding why the American Elm is also called the Liberty Tree. Here is the Tree Guide all 60 persons who attended were offered. And all this, literally, a stone throw from the Bronx River!  Enjoy the tour video too!

The folks in these photos were actors in an environmental drama masterfully directed by Morgan Powell. Bravo!


5 thoughts on “Bronx River Sankofa Tree Appreciation Walk

  1. Bronx River-Sankofa says:

    You have just enjoyed a photo essay capturing Thursday, August 29, 2013.

    This tour was designed to encourage independent walks by YOU – wherever you live – for a lifetime of enjoyment. Tree walks are passive recreation, citizen science, civic history/mobilization and art to name just a few of the avenues it opens to you. This tour was organized by Bronx River Sankofa. Find us on the internet at Outdoor Afro, YouTube and beyond. While Bronx Park in New York City hosts over 100 kinds of trees, the following are found within less than four acres between Pelham Parkway and Waring Avenue! How many of these trees do you know?
    1. American Elm, the Liberty Tree
    2. Black cherry, early cough medicine native to the United States
    3. Chinese scholar
    4. Cottonwood
    5. Sycamore Maple
    6. Norway Maple
    7. Ailanthus, unintended national landscaping
    8. Pin oak, popular street tree
    9. Northern red oak; oak has been called the frame of civilization
    10. Hawthorn
    11. Silver linden
    12. American linden
    13. Little – leaf linden
    14. Black Walnut, highly valued for furniture manufacturing
    15. Hickory, a hard wood great for tool handles
    16. Honey locust, rot resistant wood great for old time fence posts and outdoor furniture
    17. Devil’s walkingstick, a great field study in nature’s geometry
    18. American hornbeam
    19. Empress, large – leaved Chinese import
    20. Ash tree wood has been a favorite of traditional baseball bats used by the greats
    21. Redbud, heart shaped leaves on a small tree
    22. Sweet gum, skin rash medicine
    23. Gray birch
    24. Zelkova, a great substitute for American elm in low maintenance public spaces
    25. Crabapple, a joy in spring along Pelham Parkway and beyond
    26. London plane, the pollution-resistant tree popular in cities around the northern hemisphere
    27. Cherry (Yoshino from Japan) popular attraction of Washington D.C.
    28. Mulberry
    29. Boxelder
    30. Witchhazel, known for cleansing properties
    31. Amur Cork, not the one used for alcohol bottle tops
    32. Cornelian cherry is a kind of dogwood that shows yellow flowers early in springtime
    33. American beech is a spiritual tree for many Native Americans
    34. Yellowwood

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