Southbridge Tree Planting

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Planting 1,000 Trees in Southbridge

Opacum is leading a multi-year collaborative project to plant 1,000 trees in the urban neighborhoods of Southbridge. Modeled on Massachusetts’s Greening the Gateway Cities Program of urban tree planting, the goal of this project is to improve community health and provide economic benefits to Southbridge residents by improving air quality and reducing temperatures through increased tree cover. With funding from the U.S. Forest Service and trees provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we will plant 1,000 young trees (6-10 feet high) on public and private properties in Southbridge. See map below.

Benefits of Trees


Shade trees in your neighborhood can cut summer cooling costs by 30-40%.


Kids in tree-lined neighborhoods have lower rates of asthma. Trees filter the air by removing dust and absorbing air pollutants.

Climate Change

Trees counter climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air.


Trees and landscaping can raise property values up to 20%.

Free Trees for Owners & Renters

A greener world starts right out your window. We need trees more than ever to refresh our outlooks, our air quality and our neighborhoods.

It not only helps the environment — it’s helping your environment and that of your family, neighbors and friends. And you can get a tree planted where you live at no cost to you! All we ask is that you commit to caring for and watering your trees for three years. We’ll show you how to take care of your trees, and before you know it, they’ll grow to be beautiful and beneficial!

Targeted Planting Area

We’re prioritizing planting in areas that have low tree cover and high population density to maximize the benefits to the public. This map shows the areas we’re targeting for tree planting in 2021 and beyond. If you have questions about eligibility, please contact us at or (508) 347-9144.

How to Get Your Free Tree

  • 1: First, check that your property is within the targeted planting zone
  • 2: Apply using the Free Tree Request Form
  • 3: Sign a release to plant the tree(s) (with permission from your landlord if you are a renter). You must commit to caring for the tree, including frequent watering for the first 3 years.
  • 4: Our professional arborist will contact you to identify the trees best suited to your planting site.
  • 5: Then leave the rest to us.

How You Can Help

  • Volunteer to help water trees- the trees need a lot of watering in their first 3 years. You can help by signing up to water specific tree(s) in Southbridge for those early years, or for just a season.
  • Join us on a planting day- There’s nothing more rewarding then actually getting to plant a tree! Learn how to plant a tree properly and get your hands dirty by helping us on a planting day.
  • Donate- Your support will make a real difference in the community. Click here to donate.
  • Sponsor- This is a great opportunity to be a part of an exciting and impactful project in the community. Sponsors can donate financial support, materials and time. We’ll recognize your contributions through our social media, print newsletters and other project materials to help broaden your company’s exposure in the community.

Email or call (508) 347-9144 for more info.

Thank you to our Project Sponsors & Funders