A Nelder Plot, also called a Nelder Wheel or Nelder Fan, is a systematic planting design in which plants or trees are planted at the intersection of circular arcs and linear spokes. In general, Nelder Plots allow many different planting densities to be examined in a single plot.
A recent study led by a University of Chicago professor of psychology demonstrates the positive impact of being surrounded by trees.
“Berman and his colleagues showed that an additional ten trees on a given block corresponded to a one-per-cent increase in how healthy nearby residents felt. “To get an equivalent increase with money, you would have to give each household in that neighborhood ten thousand dollars—or make people seven years younger.'”
The study did not stop there. It also turns out that the location of the trees also plays an important role. That is, the trees are more likely to calm you down if they are at the front of your home rather than the backyard where you are less likely to see them.
Professor Marc Berman also conducted a study 15 years prior that showed that walking through nature improves memory, attention, and mood more effectively than walking through the streets.
“Natural environments, on the other hand, provide what Berman calls “softly fascinating stimulation.” Your eye is captured by the shape of a branch, a ripple in the water; your mind follows.”
Want to feel richer and younger? Plant some more trees! Want to feel more relaxed and focused? Ignore the street heat and go for a walk in the woods.
In related news, listening to ‘pink noise’ while you sleep also increases memory.
I see newspapers thrown into the recycling bin every day at Grand Central. At one point, the bin had a purpose and made perfect sense: ‘let’s save trees by putting tree sweat back into more newspaper production.’ It was the complete 360.
The newspaper recycling bin today is simply outdated and contradictory. Why would you force someone to save something that’s already been saved by the digitization of paper in a Kindle?
The recycling sign should tell newspaper readers to go digital, because you can’t kill trees that have been preventively saved. After all, trees create the oxygen we need to breathe. We could not exist as people and read as readers without trees.