Increasing Boston’s urban forest benefits city residents through environmental and aesthetic improvements. City trees enrich the lives of all residents by providing many benefits, including: beautification of city streets, providing a respite on hot summer days, improved air and water quality, and offsetting our carbon emissions.

Boston currently has 29% tree canopy coverage across the city’s many neighborhoods and the City aims to increase Boston’s tree canopy to 35% by 2030.

The City is planting a lot of new trees each year, but newly planted trees have a difficult time getting established in a tough urban environment. With your help, the City of Boston’s young street trees have a better chance of survival.

In order to help the young street trees reach a mature state, the City needs help from individuals, businesses, and organizations. Continue reading to learn how you can help Boston’s urban forest grow!

Young trees – those less than 10 years old – die especially often, and require constant care. You can join one of many Boston’s neighborhood tree maintenance programs to take care of the trees on your street or in your local park.



Are you ready to help a newly planted street tree get established in your neighborhood? Visit AdoptATree.GreenovateBoston.org to locate a young street tree that needs your help! When you adopt a tree, you’ll be commiting to care for your tree by watering it weekly and tending to the tree pit. 

Adopt a tree and earn Greenovate Points!


Get involved in local efforts

The organizations listed below have a common goal of Growing Boston Greener. Connect with organizations in your community to learn more about other ways to help green your neighborhood. Those marked with a * are Adopt-a-Tree pilot communites/pilot organizations for Fall of 2013.




Back Bay


Jamaica Plain






South Boston*

Want to add your organization? Email info@greenovateboston.org

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