Groundwork Rhode Island opened the Hope Tree Nursery, a 300 tree nursery constructed on a formerly polluted parcel in the West End of Providence. When fully operational, the nursery will be financially self-sustaining and provide a diverse stock of native species at cost to Providence residents and commercial properties located in neighborhoods with low tree canopy.
Know Your Urban Forest
Trees do great things.
- Improve air quality – which reduces asthma and other health problems
- Improve water quality by reducing storm water runoff to our rivers and Narragansett Bay
- Provide shade to cool your yard and house
- Buffer noise from the street
- Shield wind, which saves on winter heating costs
- Raise property values for your home and neighborhood
- Make our community a more beautiful place to live
- Cool our planet
Providence Tree Facts
- Percent of land covered in trees: 23%
- Number of street trees: 25,000 in 25 neighborhoods
- Number of tree species: 95
- Most common street tree: Norway Maple
- Top ten street tree species: Norway Maple, Callery Pear, Green Ash, Honeylocust, London Planetree, Red Maple, Zelkova, Flowering Cherries, Littleleaf Linden, Sugar Maple
- Total annual benefits from street trees: $2.9 million
- Annual energy cost reduction: $1.2 million
- Annual stormwater capture: 30.6 million gallons
- A large, healthy tree removes almost 70 times more air pollution each year than a small or newly planted tree.
- For every $1 spent on the city’s tree program, Providence receives $3.3 in benefits
- Replacement value of total tree population: $81.1 million
For more tree facts, read “State of Providence’s Urban Forest.”