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The Power of Trees

Planting trees for climate resilience.


Our Goal

Brookline Mothers Out Front is partnering with the Town of Brookline to encourage property owners to apply for a free tree through the Town’s Front Yard Tree Planting Program. The Town of Brookline has a goal of planting 400 trees annually and needs help finding plantable spots. We can only reach this goal with the help of families, homeowners, building owners, businesses and advocates.

Our Opportunity

Our promotional campaign will include informational and tree canvasing events where we will fan out across Brookline to knock on doors, celebrate the Power of Trees in a livable climate and help residents apply for a free tree. We will begin in neighborhoods with low canopy cover. Trees help combat climate change, contributing to better air quality by absorbing carbon from the atmosphere, cooling our streets and reducing energy demand. Be part of the treeing of Brookline’s streets.


About Trees in Brookline

How can I apply for a free tree?

Your front yard may be a good spot for a tree: is it within 20 feet of the public right of way, large and fertile enough to allow a tree to grow and clear of electric lines and gas lines? If so, you may be eligible for a free “back-of-the-sidewalk” tree to be planted on your property. Even if you’re not sure, but would like a tree, fill out a Tree Planting and Maintenance Agreement and the Tree Planting Committee will help you. Learn more.


What’s the state of Brookline’s trees?

In the past six years, Brookline lost the equivalent of 71 acres of tree canopy. This mostly occurred on private land in suburban South Brookline. Meanwhile, the more urban North Brookline has a high percentage of heat islands due to its relatively low canopy coverage. This places it under threat from higher temperatures and localized areas of poor air quality as a result of climate change. Every 10% increase in tree canopy coverage can decrease the ambient air temperature by 1°F.