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Getting Started

Tree Planting Ideas, Projects, and Key Things to Consider

Rotarians have been involved in Tree Planting initiatives all over the world for decades.

Look below for tips, guidelines, and ways to get started.  You may want to contribute to an on-going project, or partner with local or global partners to plant a new seed.

Questions?  Write to

ESRAG's Tree Planting Brochure

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The Rotary Model as Strategy for Tree Planting

  • Connect with partners
  • Build on the interest and relationships in your club
  • Set goals
  • Designate team leads
  • Share your expertise, and your success
  • Involve the community
  • Have fun!

How to Get Started



  • Set a tree planting goal and announce it
  • Appoint a District Environmental Sustainability (ES) Committee Chair to promote and communicate between District, Club, ESRAG and Rotary
  • Consider instituting a new District tradition: Trees planted as honorary memorials
  • Check out the Rotary District 9810 1.2 Million Tree Planting Challenge Guide 


Five Key Ingredients to Successful Tree Planting

  • Source high quality trees - 7-15 gallon trees are optimal for volunteer planting, no circling roots
  • Right tree, right place - carefully plan tree planting locations, partner with local experts
  • Make it FUN - organize to make it easy for sign up and show up
  • Teach volunteers - use an arborist to demo and supervise proper planting
  • Tree stewardship - water the trees routinely after planting and plan for long-term care