The city of Delray Beach launched a Tree Planting Program with a goal of planting 10,000 trees by 2025.
To achieve its goal, the city is partnering with nonprofit Community Greening to add 2,000 trees in the first year at parks, schools, public green spaces, churches and homes.
The program includes 1,000 trees at tree giveaways; 500 trees at schools and churches; 300 trees at public parks and 200 trees in right-of-ways and public greenspaces.
“We are excited to take this first step towards our goal of planting 10,000 trees in the next five years,” said Sam Metott, the Director of Parks and Recreation. “Big goals require teamwork and we are excited to be partnering with Community Greening on this project.”
The five year program aims to increase the city’s tree canopy from 23% to 28%.
“The city’s tree planting program is a big win for all residents of Delray Beach,” said Community Greening co-founder, Mark Cassini. “This is the result of the hard work of many people advocating for more trees in our community. The city’s investment in our green infrastructure will have many benefits including cooling and cleaning our air, reducing flooding, and beautifying our neighborhoods. We hope the City of Delray Beach’s tree planting program encourages neighboring municipalities to start one of their own.”
Community Greening is an urban forestry non-profit dedicated to improving the environment for people and nature. Since 2016, Community Greening has planted more than 4,000 trees with 3,500 volunteers from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach.
The first event will be a tree giveaway at Catherine Strong Park on Aug. 22.