The survey found that 73 percent of trees in Georgetown were cultivated for their edible fruits.The random distribution of trees suggests social cohesion, fostered by a sharing of food traditions, and could provide a blueprint for other multicultural cities.But climate change and economic growth mean tree preservation and planting are needed to mitigate social and environmental impacts. GEORGETOWN, Guyana — “Growing up in the country, I never knew about coffee and Milo. I grew up on lime leaf tea, pear leaf tea, fever grass, sweet broom, all these things,” Ubraj Narine says. He remembers the days when tea came not in packets from the supermarket but from the leaves of homegrown trees and bushes. Although some trees in Georgetown, the coastal capital of Guyana, have been felled, poorly maintained, or lost through climate change in recent years, the city’s urban forest is still of importance to its citizens. Narine is the mayor of Georgetown, and also a pandit, or Hindu priest. Many of the religious ceremonies that he performs in that latter role make use of “sacred” trees and plants found right in the city: slim mango leaves and round lotus pads; fibrous coconut shells, cracked open to reveal white flesh inside; colorful hibiscus flowers. Others value how trees provide cool shade from the blazing sun, ingredients for natural medicines, inspiration for stories, or a bountiful supply of food. Especially the food. In fact, according to a recent survey, a massive 73 percent of trees recorded in Georgetown were cultivated for their edible fruits. That survey forms the foundation of new paper published in July 2019 in a special section of the journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening.