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New Year’s Tree Planting

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to do meaningful volunteer work?
Do you believe in “think globally, act locally”?
Are you looking for a way to get involved in your community?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” please join us on January 28 for our next Tree Planting! The volunteers of Richmond Trees give their time and energy for many different reasons. We are concerned about climate change and want to do something about it. We believe in giving back to our community and we know that a city with a thriving urban forest is a healthier, happier and safer place. Planting trees is something tangible that we can do to make our city (and our world) better. It is tremendously rewarding and it is fun!
The planting on January 28 is the first planting of 2017! And it happens to fall on Chinese New Year, the first day of the Year of the Rooster. Whether you are a regular tree-planter or joining us for the first time, it will be an auspicious way to start the year.

The details:

When: Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Where: Meet in Burg Park at 30th Street and Clinton Avenue

Come a little early to sign in and enjoy some coffee and refreshments. We will break into groups and disperse into the surrounding neighborhood to plant 20 new street trees for eager tree adopting neighbors.

Tools will be provided, so just bring some water, work gloves and a desire to have fun with some neighbors.

* NOTE: We plant in light rain, but will re-schedule if there is heavy rain.

Email to RSVP or with any questions you have:

The planting season is back!

Upcoming Tree Planting Dates:
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Tree Care – Third Sunday of every month.

If you are interested in volunteering with Richmond Trees, please contact us at

Why: Because we love planting trees! This is an opportunity for partner groups to come together to kick off the season. That makes it a special, uplifting and fun day!

More volunteers are needed, so please join us. All ages are welcome and we love it when whole families come out to volunteer together. There will also be a table with kids’ activities, music and food.

Our Mission: The mission of Richmond Trees is to promote and grow the City of Richmond’s urban forest and green infrastructure through community planting, tree care, education and advocacy in order to improve the health and well-being of the diverse Richmond community.

  • Thanks to the efforts of our faithful volunteers, 65 new street trees were planted in Richmond during the 2014-2015 planting season! -We also planted 36 new trees in Parchester Park on Arbor Day, October 25, 2014. Arbor Day was celebrated as part of Make a Difference Day when many groups came together to rebuild Parchester Park. We are also looking forward to Arbor Day on October 24, 2015. Once again it will be combined with Make a Difference Day, this time as part of the renovation of John F. Kennedy Park.
  • Our role with the city’s Adopt-a-Tree program expanded during the 2014-2015 planting season. In addition to planting the trees, we also assisted with site assessments, communication with the adopters and we took over funding the program.
  • We received a grant from the Rose Foundation that helped us pay for trees and also pay stipends for the wonderful participants in the STOP program. Working with the youth of Richmond is an important part of our mission and we look forward to doing more of it.
  • Our Monthly Tree Care Walks continue on the third Sunday of the month from 9 am to noon. We meet at Burg Park and then walk through the neighborhood checking on young trees – weeding, mulching and watering as necessary. If you’re looking for a way to volunteer, please contact us. We can use the help and it’s fun!
  • We recently launched our new Adopt-a-Block program, and hope to get people signed up so that we can start planning the locations of our work parties for the 2015-2016 planting season.
  • We continue to keep people up-to-date about our activities on facebook https:// and with our Leaflet. If you would like to subscribe, please let us know at There are ample opportunities for people to get involved with our activities. If you want to help, please contact us at

To adopt a street tree, find the Adopt-a-Tree form at wp content/uploads/2012/02/AdoptATree.Bilingual.English.Spanish.2012.pdf


Richmond Trees was founded in June 2011 and is a volunteer grassroots group of N&E Richmond residents, working in partnership with the City of Richmond Parks and Landscaping. We have a core group of 10, and a larger group of volunteers and supporters that is ever-growing.  Four members of our core group speak Spanish. In a relatively short time, we have had many successes:

  • The planting of numerous street trees (averaging 150-200 annually) with many more trees adopted and waiting for the next planting season;
  • A positive and on-going relationship with the City, Superintendent of Parks & Landscaping Chris Chamberlain, and staff;
  • Recognition by the mayor, city council and other city officials for our work;
  • Coverage in local media including West County Times and Richmond Confidential;
  • A lively and productive Arbor Day event each fall;
  • Successful fundraising  efforts to purchase tools and more trees, and to help residents pay for concrete removal;
  • Receipt of generous grants from California Releaf and Veolia;
  • Partnership with PG&E, Groundwork Richmond, Richmond Rotary, Solano PLAY, Richmond Police Department, Latina Center, Making Waves, Ma’at Youth Academy and other Richmond based community groups.


We have monthly community tree care walks the third Sunday of each month and on one Saturday during the month.  Check our Facebook page to find out when the next Tree Care Walk is taking place!

During the walks, we check on newly planted trees, mulch, remove stakes from older trees, and remind residents to weed and water.

Did you know that a healthy young tree often looks more like a bush than a tree? That is because small branches grow along the trunk, which provide nutrients to the growing tree. Removing weeds around the trunk saves the nutrients in the soil for the tree so it doesn’t have to compete with weeds. We also remind residents whose trees look thirsty to water them regularly.


We are canvassing the N&E neighborhood and inviting residents to fill out City of Richmond Adopt-A-Tree  forms, which are also available on the city’s website. (See the link, below.)


Residents may have to wait up to a year due to limited city resources of staff and budget. There is a fee of $75 to cut and remove/recycle cement for each hole, which can be done by a member of Richmond Trees if the resident chooses, once the city has done a site inspection, selected the right tree for the right location, and the location has been approved by the utility companies as a suitable place for a street tree. The city does not remove cement.

We typically plant in the Fall and Winter when the weather is most conducive to the young tree’s survival. We like to involve community members in the plantings as much as possible, especially those residents who are receiving street trees.

Planting a city tree in your parking strip is incredibly easy and IT’S FREE! The City and volunteers provide the tree, dig the hole, plant the tree and stake it, and will even prune it for you whenever it needs it! All you have to do is water it and keep the area weeded!


We’re here to help you through the entire process. Please contact the Richmond Trees at and let’s get started! Until we meet, please fill out the Adopt-A-Tree form and browse through the City of Richmond Master Tree List. The trees are separated by appropriate types and locations and we’ve even created an Illustrated Tree List to help you choose your favorite.

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Following this very successful event Richmond Trees received from Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin a Proclamation Honoring Greening the Streets of Our Community.

Richmond Trees also received a $1000 grant from Veolia Water which was used to purchase and plant an additional 30 trees. We are most grateful for this generous contribution!

Our Tree Planting program continues to progress very well – see the map below for all the trees that have been or will be planted! You can help us spread the word by passing out our Free Tree Flyer, available in both English and Spanish.

View North & East Street Trees in a larger map


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