Hope Tree Nursery

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.  


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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.”