Program helps community groups plant trees

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – The Savannah Tree Foundation has a small revolving CommuniTrees fund to help community organizations, neighborhood associations and other groups purchase and plant canopy trees.

Savannah Tree Foundation typically plants 50 or more trees per planting because the amount of planning required to carry out a large scale tree planting is relatively the same, whether it is planting 50 or 250 trees, according to the organization.

Savannah Tree Foundation said the program was created because it often gets requests for one or two trees, or even four, five or 10 trees.

The program commences in the Fall of 2010 with seed money from the Trustees Garden Club, and is replenished with donated funds given through Savannah Tree Foundation's Holiday Plant a Tree program, according to a news release.

The CommuniTrees fund program aims to help groups small tree planting requests of one to 10 trees, on property that is held in trust for public use.  Requests must be received by Nov. 15.

Among the program requirements, according to the Savannah Tree Foundation:

  • Provide proof of permission from property owners to plant trees on property.
  • Provide a donation to STF toward the cost of trees.  No minimum donation is required.
  • Pick up trees at a community volunteer tree plantings and participate in the tree planting if possible, to learn firsthand how best to plant a tree.
  • Plant the trees during tree planting season, which runs from November to  February/March.
  • Commit to watering and maintaining trees for two years.

Savannah Tree Foundation provides 15 gallon trees plus advice selecting species appropriate to a site, tree planting techniques, and ongoing maintenance.  Guidelines and application forms are available online at or by calling  912.233.TREE.

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