Tree Planting with Stop Soldier Suicide

Join Keep Durham Beautiful and Stop Soldier Suicide on November 18th to plant trees in East Durham. 

This is a post- Veteran’s Day celebration and Family Volunteer Day. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to increase Durham’s tree canopy.


You will: 

  • Gain experience in planting trees
  • Make new friend(s)
  • Develop a new passion for trees
  • Develop a sense of community
  • Learn about trees and work with professionals 

Volunteer Roles and Information

  • No prior tree planting experience is necessary
  • We welcome families with children (5+ years of age)
  • We welcome persons with disabilities 
  • We will provide tools and supplies

Volunteer Roles

Quality Control Team:  Monitors progress of tree planting and ensures volunteers are following safety protocols.

*Must arrive 45 minutes before the start of the event to receive training on proper tree planting techniques. This is ideal for persons with limited physical capabilities

Tree Planting and Staking Team: Hole preparation, tree lifting, and back-fill 

*Heavy lifting is required 

Mulching Team: Load and haul wood chips from a central distribution area or several sub-areas and  spread the mulch around trees

*Moderate lifting is required 


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Tree Planting at Forest Hills

Join other volunteers on Sunday, Feb 12th and plant a tree!


This is a family-friendly event and no prior tree planting experience is necessary. If you have a shovel, please bring it. Supplies are limited.


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Fullsteam Brewery Tree Planting

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Walltown Tree Planting

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Mitzvah Day Tree Planting in Cleveland Holloway

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Tree Planting- Duke Park



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Green Apple Day of Service

Join us as we plant an orchard at Merrick-Moore Elementary School! 

If you are interested in volunteering, please register online here.gados-flyer-merrick-moore

2016- Keep Durham Beautiful Tree Giveaway and Food Drive


Thanks to a donation from Alliance for Community Trees (ACT), we will be handing out 250 trees.

We will be collecting healthy foods for a food drive in exchange for a free tree.

For tree information, how to register, and acceptable food items please follow the link:

Tree Giveaway



10 Reasons to Be Thankful for Trees

thankful-tree-giveaway-2016Durham residents are encouraged to register for a free tree as part of the Give Thanks: 2016 Keep Durham Beautiful Tree Giveaway and Food Drive

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s not too early to start reflecting on things we are thankful for. From providing the clean air and oxygen we appreciate during our outdoor fall activities to producing apples for that delicious apple crisp our neighbor makes– trees should be added to your list of things to give thanks for this November. While there are many reasons to be thankful for trees, here our 10 of our favorite motivations for planting, caring for, and protecting Durham’s trees:

10 Reasons to Be Thankful for Trees:

  1. Trees reduce violence: Studies have shown that barren neighborhoods and homes have a greater incidence of violence than their greener counterparts. Trees and landscaping help to reduce the level of fear.
  2. Trees conserve energy: Three trees placed strategically around a single-family home can cut air conditioning needs by up to 50 percent. Reducing the energy demand for cooling saves money and reducescarbon dioxide and other pollution emissions.
  3. Trees cool the streets and the city: Trees cool a city by up to 10°F, by shading our homes and streets, breaking up urban “heat islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.Trees bring diverse groups of people together: Tree plantings provide an opportunity for community involvement and empowerment that improves the quality of life in our neighborhoods. All cultures, ages, and genders have an important role to play at a tree planting or tree care event.
  4. Trees provide oxygen: In one year an acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.
  5. Trees provide economic benefits: The beauty of a well-planted property and its surrounding neighborhood can raise property values by as much as 15 percent. Similar benefits are seen in business districts; studies show that the more trees and landscaping a business district has, the more business will flow in.
  6. Trees combat the greenhouse effect: Trees absorb CO2, a major greenhouse gas, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. In one year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the amount of CO2 produced when you drive your car 26,000 miles.
  7. Trees clean the air: Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
  8. Trees help prevent soil erosion and water pollution: Trees reduce and slow runoff, holding soil in place and helping filter water naturally.
  9. Trees provide food: An apple tree can yield up to 15-20 bushels of fruit per year and can be planted on a small urban lot. Aside from fruit for humans, trees provide food and habitat for birds and wildlife.

Help spread the love for trees:

Help spread the love for trees by joining us for our Give Thanks: 2016 Keep Durham Beautiful Tree Giveaway. Thanks to a generous donation from Alliance for Community Trees, Keep Durham Beautiful will be handing out 300 trees for Durham City and County residents this fall. To learn more about the tree species available and giveaway pre-registration, visit:

Tree Seedling Giveaway

Keep Durham Beautiful will distribute Free Tree Seedlings on Sunday, March 13, 2016 noon to 4 pm, while supplies last, with help from Durham County Master Gardener Volunteers. Find us at Durham Central Park at the Food Truck Rodeo!

We will have the following 8 varieties, while supplies last:

Pawpaw –Asimina parvifolia

Serviceberry –Amalanchier arborea

Dogwood –Cornus florida

American Beech –Fagus grandiflora

Sugar Maple –Acer saccarum

Red Cedar – Juniperus virginiana

Tulip Poplar – Liriodendron tulipifera

Post Oak – Quercus stellata

Anyone is welcome to stop by the Keep Durham Beautiful tent to pick up a tree or to ask tree-related questions. Trees must be planted within Durham County and should be planted right away for best results.