Tree Stewards care for trees throughout the City of Richmond in close collaboration with City Arborists. We define “tree care” as clearance pruning, structural pruning, watering, staking or removing staking and removing unnecessary watering bags.
- We prune residential streets so residents can walk down the street without ducking, so young street trees will grow into stronger trees, so residents can get in and out of their parked cars.
- We prune medians to improve driver visibility, to lengthen the lives of those trees so they can help clean our air and help reduce storm water runoff, and so city mowers can work more easily.
- We prune in city parks to raise the canopy — sometimes for neighborhood safety and crime prevention, and sometimes so people can picnic or just rest under the trees.
Certified Tree Stewards who have gone through our training classes have logged in over 16,000 volunteer hours while pruning or watering or otherwise caring for more than 10,000 young street and park trees over the last 5 years. We spread the word in our neighborhoods about tree care, good tree selection and choosing good planting sites.
Since 2011, Richmond Tree Stewards have pruned the entire Fan District, the entire Museum District, Carver neighborhood, miles of city medians for the 2015 international bike races, Broad and other streets on Church Hill. We’ve pruned trees in portions of Oregon Hill, Randolph, Maymont, Jackson Ward and numerous smaller neighborhoods. We have worked in Byrd Park, Forest Hill Park, Bryan Park, Oregon Hill Linear Park, Abner Clay Park, Chimborazo Park, Libby Hill Park, Battery Park, James River Park System, Thomas Square, Petronious Jones Park, Lombardy Park, Meadow Park, Paradise Park, Scuffletown Park, Grace Park, Bellemeade Park, Federal Park, Sydney Park, Great Shiplock Park, and Jefferson Park.