Celebrate Trees

About the Celebrate Trees Project

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
  • Conserving energy
  • 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.
  • Plant a Tree - Celebrate a meaningful event by planting a tree on your own property. View planting instructions and advice.
  • Request a Tree - Contact the City of Norfolk to request a street tree on the city-owned median or curb area in front of your home or business.