Keep Charlotte the City of Trees and beautify your neighborhood by partnering with TreesCharlotte and help fulfill its mission to plant 500,000 trees by 2050. Through the NeighborWoods program, TreesCharlotte, in partnership with Charlotte’s Neighborhood and Business Services, works with neighborhood groups in Charlotte to plant trees, educate residents about proper tree care and maintenance, and replenish the urban tree canopy. All NeighborWoods trees are purchased by TreesCharlotte with donations.
Typically held on Saturdays during tree planting season (from early October through mid-April), NeighborWoods planting events provide trees to Charlotte residents to plant in their own yard and in neighborhood common areas. 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.
The NeighborWoods program provides trees, mulch, and a team of tree experts to educate about proper tree planting and maintenance. At 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.
Successful NeighborWoods events involve strong participation by residents. TreesCharlotte generally limits eligibility to communities in which at least 150 trees can be given away and planted.
TreesCharlotte staff and partners work with volunteers to select the best trees for the project, help arrange sponsors, schedule and manage planting events, develop educational training programs, and offer support for ongoing care and preservation.
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How to Apply
In order to participate in the NeighborWoods program, neighborhoods must:
- Review Program Eligibility. TreesCharlotte’s NeighborWoods program is open to all neighborhood-based organizations within the City of Charlotte. Neighborhoods within Charlotte’s Neighborhood Matching Grant (NMG) eligible geography can receive trees at no cost. Neighborhoods outside of the NMG geography can still participate in the NeighborWoods program through the Tree It Forward option.
Tree It Forward. Protecting and enhancing our tree canopy is a shared goal and a community priority. TreesCharlotte’s NeighborWoods program depends on corporate and individual donations to fund canopy improvements. Tree It Forward neighborhood participants are requested to contribute a portion of the cost of trees and the event. The requested contribution helps to offset expenses.
- Attend a NeighborWoods Pre-Application Workshop. Workshops are held January through March. At the workshop, you’ll learn about TreesCharlotte, review program requirements and receive step-by-step instructions for how to apply. If you’re unable to attend the workshop, you can request an individual meeting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete the Application. Paper applications are available by request. After attending a NeighborWoods workshop, applications need to be submitted by May 1, 2017, in order to be considered for the next season’s NeighborWoods plantings. You’ll find out your neighborhood’s eligibility by July 3. For more information, visit the City’s website.
Benefits of NeighborWoods
NeighborWoods projects help neighborhoods 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.