Community Tree Planting

Every Spring and Fall since 1989, The Greening has been out planting trees. If a neighborhood group in Detroit requests trees, we do everything we can to plant in that neighborhood. These are called community plantings, and we engage the residents and their community organizations in planting the trees they requested on their streets.  A planting with The Greening of Detroit is a unique opportunity to work with neighbors and friends to improve your community and leave a legacy for future Detroiters. 

  • Applicants can represent any community group, including but not limited to neighborhoods, block clubs, schools, faith-based & non-profit organizations
  • Applicant groups and proposed sites must be located in city limits of Detroit, Highland Park or Hamtramck
  • Community plantings will only take place on public property or property owned by a school, faith-based or non-profit organization
  • Applications will meet The Greening of Detroit’s evaluation standards outlined below

Evaluation Checklist

  • 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  
  • 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 (Optional but greatly appreciated!)

Application 

Please fill out the form below to start the application process. Someone from The Greening will call the primary contact to discuss your details and next steps in our process. 

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