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Free Trees from the Community Roots Program

Trees are a great addition to any yard and you can get one for free from the Richmond Tree Stewards.




Richmond Tree Stewards are offering up around 100 to homeowners to plant on their property in Richmond, through Community Roots. The goal is to expand the urban canopy providing shade, habitat, watershed protection, and beauty all around town.

This year most of the trees will come from our gravel bed.  These trees will be smaller than those we have given away in previous years and are bare root – there will be no soil on them. They may have many fewer leaves that the trees in pots.  Gravel beds are not for growing trees; they grow roots.  These trees should have actively growing root systems with a greater volume of roots than trees grown in pots.  Studies show that there is less transplant shock and a better chance of survival for these trees.

  • There is a limit of 2 trees per homeowner
  • This program provides trees for private propery in the City of Richmond only.  We are not providing trees to be planted in tree wells or along the street.
  • You must pick up the trees on either Saturday, November 4 between 9 a.m. to 12 noon  or Sunday, November 5 between 12 noon to 3 p.m. at our gravel bed on Forest Lawn Drive. (Note: This is behind John Marshall HighSchool, not the Forest Lawn Drive at a cemetery).  Applicants will receive specific directions to the gravel beds in an e-mail.
  • Trees from the gravel bed should be the same day they are picked up.

The list of trees offered is on the application below, but before applying for your tree please review the links below.


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