Richmond Trees celebrates first decade, seeks volunteers

Richmond Trees celebrates first decade, seeks volunteers
Photo coutesy of Richmond Trees

By Kathy Chouteau

Richmond Trees, a volunteer-powered project of the Earth Island Institute that aims to transform Richmond one tree at a time, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the group is calling out for volunteers to assist them at tree planting events tentatively scheduled for late January or early February—and beyond.

According to the group in its recent Leaflet newsletter, there is “plenty of work to do,” especially given the backlog of tree plantings put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Whether you want to participate at one work party or whether you want to be a regular volunteer, we value you and your contribution,” stated the group.

In the ten years since its inception, Richmond Trees said it has planted more than 700 trees throughout the city, made possible, in part, through synergistic partnerships with Groundwork Richmond and The Watershed Project. The group has also coordinated Arbor Day events and other initiatives.

The group said in its Leaflet that, through its work, they are “making Richmond a healthier, happier, more verdant community now and for future generations.”

To volunteer for Richmond Trees, or to “see more trees on your street,” email the group at [email protected]. To adopt a tree, click here or to support the group with a donation, click here. Learn more about Richmond Trees here.