Preserving our natural forest, one neighborhood at a time
Trees Atlanta is partnering with neighborhoods across Metro Atlanta to plant native species, raise awareness about the benefits of trees, and create a core group of tree advocates. NeighborWoods is a collaborative effort to replenish and sustain the tree canopy, while also educating the community on tree care and management.
It is difficult to overstate the importance of a vibrant tree canopy featuring healthy native species of trees. Preserving and expanding the canopy of metro Atlanta has been the objective of Trees Atlanta since its founding, and the NeighborWoods program is an essential component of that mission.
Started in 2001, NeighborWoods provides communities with necessary tools and resources to plant new trees, and develops educational programs for core groups of tree advocates. In just over a decade, NeighborWoods projects have planted thousands of trees in neighborhoods all across metro Atlanta. Trees Atlanta staff members work with volunteers to select the best trees for a given project, help arrange the necessary funding, schedule the plantings, develop educational training programs, and offer support for ongoing care and preservation.
Click here to enroll your neighborhood in NeighborWoods.
View NeighborWoods Communities
- Adams Park
- Capitol View
- Sylvan Hills
- Druid Hills
- East Point
- Fourth Ward
- East Atlanta
- Brookwood Hills
- Glenwood Estates
- Grant Park
- Inman Park
- Summer Hill
- Peachtree Hills
- RiversideUnderwood Hills
- Vine City
Trees Atlanta requires a neighborhood to have a need for 30 or more trees in front yards and/or public right-of-way, and also have neighborhood participation.
- Timing of project will be announced a few weeks in advance of the project. We plant the trees on a Saturday morning from 9 am to 12 pm with volunteers from both the neighborhood and all over the city.
- Plantings occur between October and March.
- The trees will be 1/2” -2” caliper, 5’-10’ tall.
- We strive to plant native trees and trees that fair well in Atlanta’s climate. We do not plant any known invasive species.
- Trees Atlanta will provide three years of maintenance – such as mulching, pruning, and watering (for 2 years) with recycled water when possible.
- We ask that residents help water trees on their street during periods of high water stress.
NeighborWoods projects have many instant effects on a neighborhood, including:
- Cooling urban areas – Shade provided by trees has a direct cooling effect on the air temperature for surrounding sidewalks, parking lots, roads, residences, and parks. Tree lined streets provide cool comfort for pedestrians and residents.
- 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. Trees also intercept airborne particulates and absorb gaseous pollutants.
- Reducing traffic speeds – Studies indicate that tree-lined roads provide a sense of enclosure, which causes motorists to drive slower and more carefully. In a sense, trees act as natural traffic managers.
- Energy conservation – By producing shade in warm climates, trees help conserve energy as they intercept radiant heat. Trees located strategically near your house can reduce air conditioning bills dramatically. Trees also block the wind, which can save energy in cold climates by reducing heat dissipation.
- Noise reduction – Trees and shrubs are effective buffers in screening out urban noise. Trees dull or soften sound waves that attempt to pass through them. A row of trees can cut the ambient noise level approximately in half.
- Creating a beautiful boulevard – Property values of homes with trees in the landscape are 5 – 20% higher than equivalent properties without trees. Beautifying the neighborhood also sends a message to would-be criminals that the invested community is more vigilant in protecting the area.