Thursday, November 3, 2022

A tree planting initiative is growing in North Lawndale

TREEmendous Ambassadors marking spots for
future planting by the City

TREEmendous Lawndale (a project of the GROWSS Committee) is collaborating with the City of Chicago's 311 tree planting initiative, Chicago Region Tree Initiative (CRTI), Trust for Public Land, and Morton Arboretum in their efforts to increase the tree canopy throughout the 77 Chicago neighborhoods. 

The goal is to plant 75,000 as a way to combat the changing climate, reduce flooding, create more wildlife habitat, and increase health and well-being for the citizens of Chicago. North Lawndale is aiming to plant 10,000 of those 75,000 trees (13%!).  

Members of four organizations -- YMEN, Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church, St. Agatha Catholic Church, and I AM ABLE Center for Family Development -- assisted by North Lawndale Greening Committee and Permaculture Chicago Teaching Institute were trained in the Tree Ambassador program which uses 311 as a tool to request free street trees for residential public parkways. The City will plant and help maintain the new trees for the first two years. This initiative requests that residents help monitor the trees thereafter.  

If you are interested in having a free tree planted in your public parkway, please contact any of the following organizations and they will send someone to evaluate if your parkway meets the requirements for tree planting.  

I Am Able -

Stone Temple MIssionary Baptist Church -

St. Agatha -


Stay tuned for various workshops regarding the value of planting trees and other related benefits of having a robust and thriving tree canopy for North Lawndale!

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