Brothers planning to give away 5,000 trees on Earth Day

Neighborhood Forest, a local project run by brothers Vikas and Vivek Narula, has a goal of giving away 5,000 trees to school children in Minnesota and Iowa on Earth Day, April 22.

The project got its start with children at Lake Harriet Lower School in 2010. Several other schools in Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities have since signed up to be part of the Neighborhood Forest program.

Last year, the project gave away 2,500 trees and the Narula brothers hope to double that this year, said Vikas Narula.

The project relies on sponsorships from businesses and individuals to pay for the trees, which cost around $2 a year for one child. Once a school has sponsors for all of the students, parents receive permission forms and if they agree to help their child care for the tree, the student will get a plant on Earth Day.

Since it started five years ago, Neighborhood Forest has worked with about 10,000 students to plant 5,000 trees throughout the Twin Cities.

“Our goal is to track these trees overtime,” Narula said.

For more information, go to www.neighborhoodforest.org.