How to Apply for a Neighborhood Street Tree Planting




Before Submitting your application, make sure you have read ALL of the instructions and information on this page!



THE ‘TREE CONTRACT’ MAY BE FOUND  HERE (This is what you will print out and distribute to neighbors for them to sign if they would like to participate and receive a free tree. You will then submit their signed Tree Contract to us as part of your application…)


If you would like to submit a paper application, you may access a PDF HERE, to print and submit.

Mail the completed application (including the completed Tree Contract to: PNPP – PO Box 5897, Providence RI 02903


Have questions or need help with an application? We are happy to answer questions or do a site visit and look at potential planting spots with you. Email or call 401.368.5380 to get in touch!





• Neighborhood Planting Applications should contain at least five separate properties, which each need at least one tree. Requests for more than 25 trees are considered on a case-by-case basis.

• The goal in a plantings is to cover a condensed area, either stretching up and down one or two streets or clustered around a block or two, and planting at each consecutive street address, if there is room and interest from the resident. It’s better to focus your application on fewer, more concentrated tree sites and save outliers for future applications!

• Trees can go in existing tree pits, in new pits in the sidewalk (if space allows), or in front yards (if they are close to the street and visible from the public right-of-way).

• Whenever possible, identify sites that have no overhead wires–this allows trees to grow tall and live longer, providing the maximum tree canopy and benefits!

• When you are out looking at possible tree sites, keep an eye out for underground utilities–we cannot plant a tree to close to gas, water, sewer or electric lines–whose location are often marked on the street with spray paint (blue=water, yellow=gas, red/orange=electric).

• High-traffic streets: there are a few streets in the city which are tricky when it comes to tree planting due to density/speed of traffic, width of lanes/sidewalks, sight-lines/visibility, and power-lines/utilities. (A few of these include Smith St, Manton Ave, Chalkstone Ave, Douglas Ave–though there are stretches of other main streets that fall into this category.) If you are considering a planting application that you think might include one of these streets, let us know and we will review with you.

• Leave a Tree Contract flier at each address on your planting route. For each address you will need to have the signatures of both the person acting as the Tree Steward and the Property Owner. (Sometimes these will be the same person, sometimes it will be two different people. If two different people, they may sign the same slip, or two different ones–whichever is easiest for you to coordinate.)

• Tenants/neighbors/relatives may sign up to be the one who will plant/water the trees, but the Property Owner or Manager, or their designated representative, must sign to authorize planting. (If you have tried but cannot reach an out-of-state property owner, please let us know and we will assist you.)

• Yard Trees: trees may be planted on private property in front yards as long as they are within clear sight of the public right-of-way, and have no fencing over 3 ft tall, structures, or other obstructions between them and the sidewalk.

• We are always happy to ‘pre-survey’ a potential application with you–get in touch with any questions!

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