Help Beautify Redwood City, Volunteer with CityTrees

CityTrees was established in 2000 by friends Jane Taylor and Jack Stephens over food and drinks at City Pub on Broadway. Jane was pregnant with her first child at the time and thought she would be needing a project to help fill in the time while at home with a new born. The idea behind creating CityTrees was to establish a group to care for Redwood City’s urban forest. This is seen in their mission:

“To improve the quality of life in Redwood City through a coordinated program of education, outreach and advocacy for tree planting, maintenance and support.”

The team approached Ira Ruskin, the mayor at the time, who thought it was a great idea and authorized a partnership between CityTrees and the Public Works Services Department. The partnership between the City and CityTrees is unique and benefits can be seen citywide. CityTrees works together with the City’s Public Works Services Department to find sites to plant or prune trees. The City orders the trees, has them delivered, and then brings them out the morning of the planting. CityTrees pays for the trees and they own their equipment and trailer which is stored at the City’s Corporation Yard.

CityTrees started the first few years with larger plantings of 30 – 40 trees. This was when there were City blocks in a row without trees. Now that many large spaces have been filed with planted trees, the plantings tend to be smaller, 10–15 trees at a time. Following the smaller plantings, CityTrees began pruning services so volunteers could shape the trees to grow correctly.

Since their founding in 2000, thousands of volunteers have donated their time to CityTrees to help plant and prune trees. CityTrees attracts all types of volunteers from children, seniors and services clubs to church groups, corporations and local businesses. By working together with volunteers, CityTrees has planted nearly 3,000 trees in Redwood City in 17 years.

To help celebrate Redwood City’s Sesquicentennial, CityTrees’ goal is to plant 150 trees in 2017!

Interested in getting involved with CityTrees? The group usually meets the third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. and coffee and muffins are provided for all volunteers.

Here are some upcoming dates where you can help plant trees:

April 15 (Redwood Shores)

May 6 (Redwood City Port)

May 20*

September 16*

October 21*

*Location TBD

During the summer the group also holds “Prune & Pub” events on Thursday evenings, beginning at 6 p.m., where they prune trees for two hours and then go to a local pub together.

Here are some upcoming “Prune & Pub” dates:

May 18

June 8

July 13

August 10

Go here to sign up as a volunteer. CityTrees will send out information and instructions on how to sign up for specific tree planting events.

Through the City partnership with CityTrees, together with volunteers we are accomplishing the City’s mission to Build a Great Community Together. We encourage you to take part in this great opportunity to give back to the community!

For details on other volunteer opportunities, go here.