Mayor Menino Launches Greenovate Boston’s Adopt-a-Tree Program
Innovative program encourages care of young street trees through citizen engagement
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For Immediate Release
October 09, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the debut of Adopt-a-Tree, a pilot program to encourage stewardship of young street trees planted by the City of Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department. These trees, which are less than seven years in age, are the most vulnerable to water loss, weeds, and damage from the urban environment. Through the program’s partners and interactive website,, residents can find a tree to adopt and join a community of tree adopters in improving the streetscape.

“I’d like to thank all the residents who will become stewards of our street trees through Adopt-a-Tree,” Mayor Menino said. “By helping preserve our tree cover, they are playing a huge role in improving our city’s health, increasing pride in their neighborhoods and ‘greenovating’ Boston for future generations.”

To use the program, residents can visit the website and select a street tree in three pilot neighborhoods: Mattapan, South Boston and Roslindale. Users can also add a young tree that they know the City of Boston has planted, in any neighborhood, but which does not yet appear on the map. Adopters will also receive a tree care guide and a street-level sign that recognizes their participation and encourages others to follow suit.

This program supports the Mayor’s sustainability initiative Greenovate Boston, which encourages residents to take actions to help reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, including protecting green spaces and trees.

“Adopt-a-Tree is one more innovative way that we are encouraging residents to beautify our city while fighting both the impacts and the causes of climate change,” said Chief of Environment and Energy Brian Swett. “Our Parks Department works hard to increase and preserve Boston’s tree canopy, and this new program allows residents to help the City in a hands-on way.”

Adopters may also receive one of fifty tree care kits, which the Home Depot store of Dorchester has donated to the program.  Each kit includes gardening gloves, a trowel, a soil cultivator, a tree guard, and a watering can.

“The Home Depot is committed to serving the communities in which our associates and customers live and work,” says Bob Lundy, district manager for The Home Depot.  “Through Greenovate Boston’s Adopt-a-Tree program, we’re able to share the resources and expertise we have at The Home Depot with community residents and directly impact the beauty and vitality of a city we all call home.”

The non-profits Boston Natural Area Network (BNAN), Southie Trees, Greening Rozzie and Roslindale Green and Clean will be coordinating neighborhood outreach, which will include a young street tree workshop hosted by BNAN on November 5, 2013.

“BNAN has always supported and promoted the City of Boston’s goals to protect Boston’s green spaces, including our trees, for the public’s enjoyment,” said BNAN Director of Property and Horticulture Jeremy Dick. “Our promotion of Adopt-a-Tree is just one more way that we’re happy to be involved in this common goal.”

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About Greenovate Boston
Greenovate Boston is a collective movement to ensure a greener, healthier and more prosperous future for the city by meeting Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Propelled by creativity and drive, Greenovate Boston will encourage continued sustainable growth within the city, making Boston the greenest in the United States. Visit for details.



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