Neighborhood Group Plantings


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 .


Neighborhood Plantings Application

  • Name of neighborhood and an address or cross streets
  • Your neighborhoods is comprised of (check all that apply) ...
  • Please share any specific requests here, if not covered above.
  • Are you interested in other neighborhood improvements, such as signage, a playground, speed humps, etc? Specify here.


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

  • Beautification
    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.

  • Energy conservation
    By producing shade, trees help conserve energy as they intercept radiant heat.

  • Noise reduction
    Trees and shrubs are effective buffers in screening out urban noise.

  • Wildlife habitat
    Trees provide critical habitat for birds and diverse wildlife in the urban area.



Praise for TreesCharlotte

  • Carter Pittman
    "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."

    Carter Pittman
    IBM Storage Systems
  • Kevin Sudimack
    "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!"

    Kevin Sudimack
    Kennedy Middle School
  • Stan Patterson
    "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."

    Stan Patterson
    Colonial Village
  • Heather Ruckterstuhl
    "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."
    Heather Ruckterstuhl
    Park Road Public Montessori Elementary School
  • Ann
    "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."

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Charles Breitbart
    "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."

    Charles Breitbart
    Park Ridge Homeowners Association



Neighborhood Planting FAQs




Can townhome communities and apartment complexes apply?
Yes to townhome communities, but unfortunately no to apartment complexes. Apartment companies are welcome to reach out to TreesCharlotte about corporate sponsorships.
How do you determine the 55 percent or less tree canopy coverage?
We look at the data gathered from the 2012 tree canopy assessment, which is published on the Quality of Life Explorer website.
How do you determine average median home value?
We will look at the prices from the last 10 home sales in your neighborhood.
When is the planting season?
The planting season begins around October 1 and ends April 15th each year. TreesCharlotte plants trees when they are dormant, which greatly increases their chance of survival.
Which kinds of trees are available?
Our tree canopy in Charlotte is highly concentrated in a few species, namely willow oaks and crape myrtles. Increasing the types of trees in Charlotte is key to the long-term health of the canopy, and it is one of TreesCharlotte’s missions. In partnership with our tree growers, we have developed a list of 40 tree species for NeighborWoods planting projects. The types of trees available for any given planting project varies depending on soil and drainage conditions, as well as availability from inventories. We usually have 3 to 6 different tree species available for Neighborhood Planting projects and will work with community leaders on the right mix.
Can I select which specific tree I want?
Yes, in most cases we have several varieties of trees available for residents. At each event, we have trained arborists or tree experts (TreeMasters) who will orient residents on how to plant and care for the trees they plant. After this orientation, you will be asked to sign a stewardship pledge indicating your commitment to water and care for the trees you plant. You will then select the trees from the various types available at the event. Trees are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
How big are the trees?
The trees for most Neighborhood events are 7 gallon containerized trees. They range in height from about 6 to 10 feet, and the trunks are about 1 to 1 ½ inches in diameter. The trees are large enough to make an immediate impact and to help ensure tree survival, but not so large to be unmanageable for residents and volunteers.
Will I have help planting my trees?
Yes. TreesCharlotte has a large team of wonderful volunteers who help with Neighborhood events. Some volunteers are from the event neighborhood and many are from other areas in Charlotte.
How many trees will be provided?
The number of trees available varies, but for most Neighborhood Planting events, each resident can select up to 3 trees for planting in his/her yard assuming there is adequate room for the trees. The TreeMasters providing you with planting instructions will also provide guidelines on where to plant trees in your yard. Trees should be placed with care at adequate distances from the house, property line and each other. For any common space plantings, TreesCharlotte will work with you on a planting plan


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