Build community and canopy in your neighborhood
TreesCharlotte partners with qualifying neighborhoods to host tree-planting community events. These organized events can be a great way to get to know your neighbors, beautify your community and add to the city’s canopy.
Eligible neighborhoods will have:
- 55 percent or less tree canopy coverage (as determined by the 2012 tree canopy assessment)
- Ability to plant and/or give away at least 50 trees during the event
If your neighborhood meets those initial criteria, read on to see if it qualifies for free trees or $10 trees. (If you are simply looking for trees to plant in your own yard, please check out our free TreeStores.)
NeighborWoods: Free trees
Our NeighborWoods program is open to under-canopied neighborhoods where the median home value is $182,000 or less. If your community is approved, TreesCharlotte will work with you to create an amazing day of tree planting.
Typically held on Saturdays during tree planting season (from early October through mid-April), NeighborWoods planting events provide trees for residents to plant in their own yard and/or neighborhood common areas. As a NeighborWoods recipient, you are eligible to receive:
- Up to three trees and bags of mulch/registered neighbor to plant in his/her own yard. Three to six different species may be offered, including small, medium and large maturing varieties that are in 7-gallon containers, about 6 to 10 feet tall at planting.
- Planting plan, trees, augering services and mulch for common space plantings.
- A team of tree experts on site the day of the event to educate about proper tree planting and maintenance.
- Pre-event assessment of your neighborhood to ensure we’re providing the trees your community wants and needs.
- Kid-friendly, hands-on tree education from our friends at the N.C. Wildlife Federation the morning of the event.
During the event, residents participate in a 10-minute clinic with a designated TreeMaster to learn about choosing the right tree and proper planting and tree care techniques. All residents sign a pledge to care for the trees after planting, and TreesCharlotte will schedule a follow-up visit 6-12 months after the event.
Successful NeighborWoods happen when there’s strong leadership within the neighborhood and solid participation by residents.
Tree It Forward: $10 trees
Tree It Forward is a carbon copy of NeighborWoods, with two exceptions:
- Qualifying neighborhoods have 55 percent or less canopy coverage BUT the median home value is over $182,000.
- TreesCharlotte will charge $10/tree.
Like NeighborWoods, the Tree It Forward events are typically held on Saturdays during tree planting season (from early October through mid-April). Other similarities include:
- Heavy involvement from neighborhood organizers to enlist volunteers, get neighbors signed up to take trees and generally make the event great!
- Three to six different tree species may be offered, including small, medium and large maturing varieties that are in 7-gallon containers, about 6 to 10 feet tall at planting. We will work with you to help determine the neighborhood wants and needs.
- TreesCharlotte will help create a planting plan, auger the holes and provide trees and mulch for common space plantings.
- Every resident receiving trees must participate in a 10-minute tree-planting clinic and then sign a stewardship pledge.
- Minimum of 50 trees.
- We will schedule a follow-up visit 6-12 months after the event.
Is your community under-canopied but needs less than 50 trees?
We still may help! If your neighborhood has 55 percent or less tree canopy coverage but you need fewer than 50 trees, we may able to set aside 15-25 trees for a neighborhood representative(s) to pick up from one of our TreeStores. Your neighborhood would still need to go through the application process, may be subject to the $10/tree charge and would need to figure out (and let us know) how they will be planted. Please fill out the application below and we’ll be in touch.
Are you looking for trees just for your yard?
If you are interested in adding trees to only your property, this program is not for you. We encourage you to check out our free TreeStore schedule, which is intended for individual residents.
Email TreesCharlotte Community Engagement Officer .
Benefits of Neighborhood Plantings
Neighborhoods projects help communities by:
Improving property values
Studies show that property values of homes with trees are 5% to 20% higher than similar properties without trees. Source: Arbor Day Foundation
Trees provided through NeighborWoods are 6 to 10 feet tall, providing instant beautification and inspiration for additional curb appeal improvements.
Cooling urban areas
Shade provided by trees has a direct cooling effect on the air temperature for nearby sidewalks, roads, houses and parks.
Improving air quality
High temperatures escalate the production of smog and other pollutants. Trees help by reducing the air temperature through shading and carbon monoxide absorption.
Reducing traffic speeds
Tree-lined roads provide a sense of enclosure, which causes motorists to drive more slowly and carefully.
By producing shade, trees help conserve energy as they intercept radiant heat.
Trees and shrubs are effective buffers in screening out urban noise.
Trees provide critical habitat for birds and diverse wildlife in the urban area.
Praise for TreesCharlotte
"I wanted to drop you a note to tell you what a great success the TreesCharlotte event was at Stone Creek Ranch. All the preplanning and the teamwork displayed created an environment conducive to success plus we had a lot of fun doing it. Your team did a fantastic job in making sure we secured the trees requested and the coordination with the actual planting of the trees was flawless. Best of luck to you and your team at all future events."
"Where did all those trees come from?" That was the response so many of our students gave as they arrived on campus Monday morning! Thank you to TreesCharlotte, The Charlotte Observer and the countless volunteers that made this a reality. Because of you, the impact on this campus and this community will last for the next 100 years!"
"As a recipient of two trees at Sedgefield Elementary I want to commend you and the staff for a well organized and informative event. Everything including registration, a description of the trees, the instruction of proper tree planting and overall assistance was first rate. I manage a couple of non-profits and know how much time and attention is required to properly orchestrate public events. You guys did a great job."
"We are so grateful for the two Maple trees that TreesCharlotte donated to Park Road Montessori. Our school naturalist, Charlotte Fletcher, planted these two trees with the assistance of some of our older students. We planted these trees together outside of two of our classrooms, near our lunchtime picnic tables. Our students, teachers and parents will enjoy watching these trees grow and become part of our daily space. We value our outdoor area and classroom gardens, the maple trees just add so much to our space. Thank you for providing this treasured gift to our school."
"Winget Park Elementary has some new additions, thanks to the school’s Nature Club and TreesCharlotte. Despite the wet weather this past Saturday, 75 volunteers came out and planted 153 trees on the school campus."
"Thanks to each of you for all that you are doing for Charlotte and Park Ridge community! Residents of our neighborhood to include my family, came out to the event this past Saturday to pick up trees. This is a beautiful time of the year and we all will be reminded of the commitment of your organization and personal care you have shown us for many years to come."
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