Welcome to Regreen Springfield!
Through our tree advocacy efforts, ReGreen Springfield has collaborated with businesses, community organizations, educational partners and government agencies to promote the reforestation of Springfield, improve growing conditions for trees and engage new allies in tree care and monitoring.
ReGreen Springfield realizes that strength of our city is found in the neighborhoods. With that as the foundation for our work, we have embarked on an effort to partner with civic associations, religious institutions, businesses and other advocacy groups to assist in helping to ‘regreen’ the city.
Please join Regreen Springfield in this reforestation effort by planting a tree in your own yard, helping to plant trees along our streets and in our parks, or donate your time or funds to neighborhood regreening efforts. With your help, Springfield’s urban forest will be restored… one tree at a time. To learn more about us, visit Contacts using the link at the top menubar.
To assist in the Regreen Springfield effort, please join us a a Member, or spend some time with us as a Volunteer. Click a button to see how you can help.
TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, and Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) are proud to announce grant winners of the second annual TD Tree Care program. Regreen Springfield is pleased to be one of ten grant awards that were recently announced.
As part of TD Forests, the bank’s environmental initiative to expand urban green spaces and increase protected forest habitat, TD Bank and ACTrees will partner with community organizations for TD Tree Care. Each grant will fund volunteer tree care and maintenance programs in underserved communities in the Northeast, empowering residents to water, prune, and care for trees in five locations from Massachusetts to Delaware.
ReGreen Springfield will receive $4,000 to expand its Citizen Pruners program to care for new trees planted after recent devastating storms and tornadoes. This award will greatly increase the ability of Regreen to grow it’s community-based tree care program, which provides neighborhood residents with training and hands-on experience in tree maintenance.
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Regreen Springfield has recently submitted (3) proposals to the City of Springfield’s Office of Community Development Neighborhood Beautification Grant Program. The proposals, make in partnership with the City’s Forestry Division and several neighborhood associations aims to help increase the tree canopy cover in the Memorial Square, Maple High-Six Corners and Forest Park Neighborhoods.
The Neighborhood Targeted Improvement Program aims to build capacity and encourage Neighborhood Organizations to implement projects in partnership with city departments and/or private organizations. Funds will be utilized in projects that follow Housing Urban Development(HUD) compliance guidelines. Eligible projects must benefit low/moderate income neighborhoods, make physical improvements and/or remove slum and blighted conditions. There can be no improvements on private property.
Regreen Springfield’s proposals focus on the following components and goals:
- Community Engagement – Regreen Springfield will work with the MHSC to reach out to the resident of the neighborhood to solicit participation in a tree and shrub planting program that will provide aesthetic and environmental improvements to the neighborhood.
- Resident Visits – A team of trained staff from Regreen Springfield will visit homeowners to determine species, location and number of new trees and shrubs for each property
- Tree and Shrub Planting Volunteer Day – In May, teams of volunteers from the community will with homeowners to plant the new plants in the locations selected via the process outlined above.
- Tree Planting Celebration – Working with residents and volunteers, a cook out will be geld to distribute information on the value of trees and urban greening in the neighborhood.
To view the Regreen Springfield grant submittals, please use the links noted below:
Conor Laffey and Todd Beals staff the Regreen Springfield table.
Regreen Springfield participated in the 44th Annual Earth Day Celebration, held on Sunday, April 13th at the Springfield Science Museum. The event featured many area organizations, agencies and businesses who work on projects related to the protection and enhancement of the region’s environment. Regreen Springfield Board member Todd Beals, and University of Massachusetts Urban Forestry student Conor Laffey staffed the informational exhibit, which featured tree care publications, as well as a raffle of a Peach Tree.
Other exhibitors at the Festival included the following:
- Free tree seedlings from Springfield Forestry Division
- Great American Cleanup Display by Keep Springfield Beautiful
- Casting Clinic by the Massachusetts Wildlife Angler Education Program
- Wastewater Treatment Model by United Water Environmental Services
- Recycling Display by Springfield DPW
- Paper Making activity by the Environmental Center for Our Schools (ECOS)
- Renewable Resource Display by Center for EcoTechnology (CET)
- Drinking Water Display by Springfield Water and Sewer Commission