Nashville Tree Foundation works to preserve and enhance Nashville's urban forest by educating the public, planting trees in urban areas, identifying the oldest and largest trees in Davidson County, and designating arboretums.
ReLeafing Day is November 23
8am - noon
Coleman Park Community Center,
384 Thompson Lane
NTF offers free shade trees to Woodbine residents
Deadline to request trees is October 25
Free shade trees can mean better quality of life for residents of Woodbine.
FREE shade tree!
- You must be a resident of Woodbine.
- You cannot give your tree to someone else.
- Trees will be planted in front yards by volunteers on Saturday, November 23
Nashville Tree Foundation is focusing its ReLeafing Day tree-planting program on the Woodbine community where free shade trees will be distributed for planting on November 23. Woodbine residents who would like a free tree to be planted in their front yard need to make their request to the NTF by October 25.
“We want to let Woodbine residents know that NTF is offering free shade trees in addition to our program with NES to plant trees under power lines in yards,” said Carolyn Sorenson, executive director of Nashville Tree Foundation. “ReLeafing Day is critical to our mission of preserving and enhancing Nashville’s urban forest.”
Since 1998, NTF’s ReLeafing Day has brought hundreds of volunteers together the Saturday before Thanksgiving to beautify and educate a specific district of Davidson County through the planting of trees. This year, NTF returns to Woodbine as the neighborhood that will receive shade trees in front yards as well as continued support through its popular powerline-friendly tree-planting program with Nashville Electric Service.
“Metro Nashville’s Tree Canopy Assessment has recognized the Woodbine area to have among the lowest tree canopies in the city outside of the downtown core,” reports Jennifer Smith, Metro horticulturist and coordinator of Nashville’s tree program. “By NTF adding shade trees to the powerline-friendly trees being planted with NES, the area will have a great variety of species to ensure better air and water quality and also reduce the heat island affect in cities with low tree canopy. This will help reduce power bills.”
The value of each ReLeafing Day tree is approximately $130 when retail price, transportation, labor rates and costs of mulch, nutrients and water bags are factored. Shade-tree selections include Northern Red Oak, Valley Forge Elm, Trident Maple, Nuttall Oak and Princeton Elm. The average height of these trees at maturity is 60’ tall. Meanwhile, trees to be planted under power lines grow approximately 20’ tall at maturity.
Brian T. Henderson, who lives on Valeria Street in Woodbine received a tree last year, comments, “I received my free tree last year from the Nashville Tree Foundation which did all the work! From organizing the event and volunteers, to digging the hole, planting the tree, and even supplying watering rings. I was so impressed with the ease of the process. They also helped my elderly handicapped neighbor receive a Yoshino Cherry tree.”
To qualify for the free shade trees, homeowners must be a resident in the Woodbine community and have the tree planted in their front yard on ReLeafing Day, Saturday, November 23. To request a tree, email or call Nashville Tree Foundation at 615-292-5175. Deadline to request a tree is October 25.
ReLeafing Day – in conjunction with NES -- has an education component. The goal is to spread its message that certain trees can be safely planted near power lines.
“Through our partnership with the Nashville Tree Foundation, we are helping to educate the public about the importance of planting the right tree in the right place,” said Decosta Jenkins, president of NES. “Planting trees that can co-exist near power lines helps to avoid potential power outages to you or your neighbors.”
NES started last year with a grid of 1,600 Woodbine properties and worked with the Woodbine Neighborhood Association (WNA) to identify 400 homes with power lines crossing their front yards. Over two years, NES and NTF are planting one of four powerline-approved species of tree – in 400 yards at no cost to homeowners. Two hundred were planted on ReLeafing Day 2012 and the remaining 200 will be planting on this November’s work day.
ReLeafing Day evolved out of NTF’s highly successful ReLeaf Nashville campaign. Led by the late community activist Betty Brown, that three-year initiative saw volunteers planted 6,757 shade trees in Davidson County to replace some of the 20,000 felled by tornadoes on April 16, 1998.
“Just nine days after the disaster, Betty and the tireless volunteers of NTF set about to restore the city of Nashville – one tree at a time,” Sorenson says. “Eight thousand trees and 25 years later, NTF has had a major impact on the quality of life and natural charm of our city.”
To see the impact on the city, simply drive around past ReLeafing Day districts, including East Nashville, Bellevue, Inglewood, 12South, Sylvan Heights and Germantown.
Tamara Price, president of Woodbine Neighborhood Association, is delighted her district was chosen. “We also hope the event will encourage more community members to spend time in our neighborhood, celebrating the beauty of its diversity with us,” she says.