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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 expand the Town’s tree canopy and plant 400 trees each year. We are helping the Town reach this goal by helping to plant a Mini-Forest, and by encouraging property owners to apply for a free tree through the Town’s Front Yard Tree Planting Program. We can only reach this goal with the help of families, homeowners, building owners and advocates.

Our Opportunity

We will help the Town recruit Brookline residents to participate in a Mini-Forest “planting day” and help with weeding and watering during the Mini-Forest’s first few years. We will also help spread the word about the Front Yard Tree Planting Program and how residents can apply for a free tree. Neighborhoods with low canopy cover will be a top priority. Our promotional campaigns will include knocking on doors, and sharing information online and at Town events in which we celebrate the power of trees for a livable climate.


About Trees in Brookline

How can I get updates about the Brookline Mini-Forest and ways to be involved?

Go to the Town’s Mini-Forest webpage and enter your email address to learn more and sign up for updates. You will receive updates  about planting day, and about volunteer opportunities to plant and care for the mini-forest.


How can I apply for a free tree?

Go the to the Town’s Front Yard Tree Planting Program webpage  to learn about front yards that are eligible for a free tree, and to complete an online application. Even if you’re not sure of your eligibility, but would like a tree, you can fill out the application and the Brookline Tree Planting Committee will help you.


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.