Celebrate Trees is an environmental initiative designed as a community partnership that gives residents and businesses a reason to celebrate and grow Norfolk's tree canopy. The program was inspired by a tree-planting program in Norfolk's sister city, Kitakyushu, Japan.
Trees provide many benefits, including:
Beautifying the city
Enhancing property values
Facilitating social and educational opportunities
Improving water quality
Lowering city temperatures
Providing wildlife habitats
Reducing air pollution
In the coming years, Norfolk's goal is to increase the tree canopy from 23% to 30%, the recommended percentage for cities east of the Mississippi River.
Three Ways to Celebrate
Residents and businesses can get involved with Celebrate Trees in three ways:
Donate - Make a donation to the Living Legacy Grove fund, which will be used to plant trees in a designated public park or open space area. Read more about Living Legacy Groves.