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Green Streets

The Green Streets program works to increase the urban tree canopy in Lawrence by providing FREE trees to city residents and businesses. In 2008, we received funding from the Commonwealth’s Environmental Justice Program to pilot an urban forestry program, planting 18 trees that year. Since then, Green Streets has grown to a year-round project with the ambitious goal of planting 400 trees per season. We are currently receiving funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental and Energy Affairs (EEA) under their Greening the Gateway Cities program.

Greening The Gateway Cities uses alternative compliance funds to support urban forestry programs in 14 communities. The program aims to combat the urban heat island effect on a neighborhood scale, increasing energy efficiency and reducing cooling and heating costs for residents. To achieve the necessary cooling, 5 trees per acre need to be planted.

Current planting zones in Lawrence total 560 acres across three neighborhoods: the Arlington/Campagnone North Common, the O’Connell South Common, and Colonial Heights. Residents in these planting zones can receive FREE trees, planted by our professionally trained, locally hired tree planting crew. You can check to see if your address is in the zone here.

Request a free tree here or call (978) 970-0770 ext 7016.



How You Can Help

There are many ways to help support the urban forests in Lawrence. If you don’t live in the planting zone or are not interested in getting FREE trees for your home, there are many volunteer opportunities with Groundwork Lawrence. We are always working to spread the news about the benefits of trees in our neighborhoods and volunteers are always welcome to help with canvassing, tabling at community events and helping care for public trees.

Have you seen “Blue Ribbon Trees”? They need your help!

Green Streets is looking for volunteer tree stewards to “adopt” public trees in our community. Adoptable trees have a blue ribbon tied to their trunk. By becoming a tree steward, you can help ensure that new public trees are cared for and grow into strong, healthy shade trees through a commitment to regularly water and monitor them for damage. If you are interested in adopting a tree, contact us.

Join Our Team

Green Streets hires seasonal laborers for tree plantings. The positions start on or around April 1st and run until June 30th and/or start in early September through late October/early November. See all open positions on our job opportunities page for more information. 

Benefits of Lawrence Trees

The urban forest of Lawrence provides an incredible array of benefits for our community. Groundwork Lawrence partnered with the American Planning Association to create an award-winning Health Impact Assessment (HIA), detailing many of the benefits our trees provide. You can read the HIA here.

You can find additional information about the health of our urban forest in this study conducted by the Urban Ecology Institute.


To learn more about how to get a free tree in your yard and answer many common questions, visit our FAQ.

Partners and Funders

Green Streets is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Greening The Gateway Cities program, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department Of Energy Resources, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreations Urban and Community Forestry Program, the City of Haverhill, and the City of Lawrence.

Tree City USA

Lawrence has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Society since 2002. This award is in recognition of the city’s commitment to maintaining and growing our urban forest. Groundwork Lawrence is proud to have partnered with the City since 2002 to support this effort and make Lawrence a truly green community.

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Green Streets is a program to increase urban canopy in Lawrence and Haverhill by planting trees that are provided to residents and property owners at no cost to them.

How the Program Works:

  • Contact us and tell us you're interested in getting a free tree! 
  • Groundwork Lawrence will visit you at your home to look at your yard and help you determine which tree would be best for your property.
  • During the planting season, we will plant your free tree! 
  • After the tree is planted you will receive instructions on how to care for YOUR new tree.
  • You enjoy having a new tree in your yard!
  • Check out this Health Impact Assessment of the Lawrence Green Streets Program




For more information email us or call us at (978) 974-0770, x7016

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