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.


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.

Interested in being a NeighborWoods neighborhood?

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.

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.

Any neighborhood inside the perimeter is eligible to participate, and those interested in turning their neighborhood into a NeighborWoods community can contact Susan Pierce Cunningham for more information.

View NeighborWoods Communities

  • Adair Park
  • Adams Park
  • Ansley Park
  • Atkins Park
  • Avondale Estates
  • Bankhead
  • Beecher Hills
  • Bolton Hills
  • Brookhaven
  • Brookwood Hills
  • Buckhead
  • Cabbagetown
  • Castleberry Hill
  • Chastain
  • Collier Hills
  • Decatur
  • Dixie Hills
  • Downtown
  • Dunwoody
  • East Lake
  • Georgia Tech
  • Grant Park
  • Grove Park
  • Home Park
  • Kirkwood
  • L5P
  • Lindbergh
  • Lowry Town
  • Midtown
  • Ormewood Park
  • Peoplestown
  • Reynoldstown
  • Riverside
  • Vine City
  • West Paces Ferry

Free Yard Tree Program for Atlanta residents

The Yard Tree Program is sponsored by the City of Atlanta, in partnership with Trees Atlanta’s NeighborWoods program, to lower summer temperatures and reduce energy consumption by investing in tree canopy cover for Atlanta area neighborhoods. Urban trees decrease energy bills for residents, reduce maintenance costs for streets and storm water infrastructure, increase property values by making neighborhoods more beautiful, walkable, and desirable places to live, and combat the urban heat island effect.


  • Limit 3 trees per yard
  • Must be an Atlanta resident
  • Trees must be planted in your front yard
  • Shade trees cannot be planted to meet any city recompense requirements
  • Trees will be planted during planting season (October through March)
  • By requesting trees to be planted in your yard, you are agreeing to maintain them
1. Click the link below to learn about the shade trees available:  

2. Fill out the “Free Yard Tree Request Form” click here.

3. One of our NeighborWoods project coordinators will contact you to schedule a planting