Hope Tree Nursery

Groundwork Rhode Island opened the Hope Tree Nursery in 2012, a 290 pot in pot tree nursery constructed on a formerly polluted parcel in the West End of Providence.  The nursery provides a diverse stock of native species at-cost to Providence area residents and commercial properties located in neighborhoods with low tree canopy. We’re thankful to our partners at the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation for hosting our nursery on their land!

Come visit the nursery at 59 Sprague Street! In 2017 we hosted over 100 schoolchildren at the nursery to learn about the importance of trees in addressing climate change, stormwater pollution, and much more.

Groundwork RI works closely with the City of Providence Forester and the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program to reach the City’s goal of 30% tree cover city-wide.

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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.”