Grow Trees Together

Let’s do this together! We support tree care efforts throughout the county of San Diego. We believe that the greatest impact comes from sharing the knowledge and resources needed to increase our urban forest. If you are interested in the planting and long-term care of trees, we want to work with you.

We have committed to planting at least 500 trees during the fall and winter of 2022. These trees are already growing and will be available in 5-gallon pots for planting. We need individuals, families, communities, and organizations to plant these trees and commit to their care after planting. We can provide support at each step on the journey, including choosing an appropriate tree for your site.

We are uniting tree advocates with a broad spectrum of reasons for supporting tree planting. Knowing your motivation can identify how you can support our campaign to Grow Trees Together! Are you willing to reach out within your community to identify locations for trees, encourage tree planting, and support trees as they mature? Join us!

What do you need and what can you offer?

None of us can grow trees alone. Growing trees need all of these!

  • Purpose. It takes a commitment to grow a tree. Many organizations have missions that could be partially met by growing trees, for such purposes as faith (for creation care), wildlife habitat, native plants, gardens, fruit production, climate action.
  • Places. Trees can be grown at schoolyards, universities-colleges, public streets, parks, residential neighborhoods, homeowners’ associations, parking lots, and other institutional properties.
  • Plan. Confirm places to plant trees, places to plant trees. Map places for street trees (see example).
  • Purchase. Trees can be purchased at retail nurseries, funded by donations, distributed to those who request trees, planted as street trees (and HOAs), and installed by landscapers.  How to get a tree
  • Planting and young tree care .

What’s your motivation?

We know that trees have a cooling effect, especially in urban environments. Heat islands form where shade is lacking, and we know increasing heat is one of the deadly impacts of climate change. Existing tree canopies show the history of bias in urbanization and there are fewer trees in low-income neighborhoods and some neighborhoods of color.

Planting native trees supports the survival of local birds and other wildlife. Fruit trees can provide the environmental benefits of a tree, while providing a local food source for your home or community.