Washington, DC – Congratulations to Casey Trees of Washington, DC, for their winning National NeighborWoods® Month photo! Their image captured the spirit of volunteerism that thrives in NeighborWoods® programs across the nation. This photograph features corporate and community volunteers planting trees with guidance from trained tree experts. It conveys the hard work, cross-sector cooperation, careful planning, and positive action required to transform communities with trees.
Casey Trees and volunteers from TD Bank plant 36 trees in and around a park in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC on October 24, 2012. Volunteers appreciated the value of their hard work and the opportunity to give back to the community, along with the expert instruction from Casey Trees staff.
On a hot Miami morning, dozens of volunteers from TD Bank joined organizer Citizens for a Better South Florida and the City of Miami Parks & Recreation and elected officials to plant 85 trees in West End Park in the Flagami neighborhood. The trees will form a hammock forest to teach students from the adjacent school about local flora and fauna.
Youth from Indianapolis helped Keep Indianapolis Beautiful plant new trees to improve the health and livability of their neighborhood as part of the organization’s NeighborWoods program.
The Hansen family helps Mike Walsh of Forest ReLeaf of Missouri plant trees in their yard in Joplin, MO. This beautiful image shows people coming together to restore a community through trees in the wake of a terrible disaster: the catastrophic 2011 tornado that destroyed much of Joplin.
Congratulations to all who participated in National NeighborWoods® Month 2012, and to the organizations who received an honorable mention in the 2012 Photo Contest: Arizona Community Tree Council, Delaware Center for Horticulture, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, Openlands, and Conservation Montgomery.