Community Tree Planting
We are currently accepting applications for community tree plantings for Spring 2019.
Welcome to The Greening of Detroit's Community Tree Planting Application ! A community tree planting is a unique opportunity to work with neighbors and friends to improve the health and wellness of your community, increase Detroit's urban forest, and leave a legacy for the next generation. Please complete and submit this application to request a community-based planting with The Greening of Detroit. Several months may pass before your application gets approved. Please be patient.
Here is what you can expect when partnering with us:
The Community planting partner will:
Collaborate in the planning phases
Lead community outreach efforts
Provide volunteers on planting day
We recommend 2 volunteers per tree
Provide care for trees and / or plants
Help plan and commit to the community planting day
Coordinate the location and outreach for (1) one Community Forestry Workshop
Serve as community liaison for tree questions
Confirm a minimum of 15 neighbors who want trees
The Greening of Detroit Will:
Facilitate the planning phases with your organization
Support your community outreach efforts
Provide professional assistance, tools, and planting supplies and any additional volunteers needed on the community planting day
Facilitate one Community Forestry Workshop on the benefits and care of the trees being planted
Provide instructions on how to maintain your new trees
Applicants can represent any community group, block club, school, faith-based & non-profit organization, community development corporation, and business association.
Applicant groups and proposed sites must be located in city limits of Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck.
Community plantings typically take place on public property or property owned by a school, faith-based or non-profit organization. Private residential property may be considered.
Applications will meet The Greening of Detroit’s evaluation standards outlined below
Below are the standards used by The Greening of Detroit to evaluate community planting applications. Prior to submitting your application, please review this checklist with your community group.
Location—The proposed planting site is:
Publicly owned (this includes boulevards and the strip of land between sidewalks and roads)
Near a convenient water source
For street tree plantings, berm width is at least 5’
Leadership & Organizational Capacity - Your community group will:
Designate a project leader
Collaborate with nearby neighborhood groups, organizations and associations
Garner support for plantings among individual residents in your neighborhood
Coordinate a location for 1 Community Forester Workshop
Maintenance—Your community group will:
Water, weed and mulch for at least three years
Protect plant material from lawn mowers and weed whips
Contact The Greening of Detroit for signs of insect damage or disease
Resource Contribution—Your community group will:
Provide volunteer support on planting day (Required: 2 volunteers per tree)
Offer a cost share for plant material