What is Greening the Gateway Cities?

Neighborhoods of Leominster have been selected as part of a state-wide program to increase tree canopy cover. With more canopy cover, our community will reduce home energy use for heating and cooling – that translates to cheaper heating and AC bills. As part of the Greening the Gateway Cities Program (GGCP), experienced Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) foresters will visit Leominster homes and businesses to recomend the best trees for each property. The trees will then be planted April – June and September – November by trained professionals. Over 30 different varieties of shade, ornamental and conifer tree species are offered and each tree will be around 6 feet tall at the time of planting.

Growing Places organizes outreach efforts and educational programming for GGCP.

GGCP is a partnership between the:

  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
  • DCR Urban & Community Forestry program
  • Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and
  • Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).




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Who is eligible?
Residents of Leominster who live within the planting zone below are eligible for free trees:


Get Involved!

To get your free tree, call (617) 626-1514


Adopt-a-tree: Many trees are being planted around Leominster and we need your help keeping them alive! Volunteers will be assigned a tree to water once per week and will be provided with free tree-related educational opportunities with Growing Places! Make 2017 the year you invest in Leominster.

Help spread the word: Help us spread the word about the Greening the Gateway Cities free tree-planting initiative. We’re looking for volunteers who are excited about trees, environmental sustainability or environmental justice, and have an interest in door-to-door canvassing. Be a part of “greening” Leominster!

Interested in volunteering? Contact Erica Wood, Engagement Manager at or (978) 598-3723 x803.


Growing Places offers a variety of seasonal tree-themed educational opportunities including tree identification walks, tree care workshops and other tree activities. Sign up for our newsletter and “like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on these tree happenings:

Why trees?

Research demonstrates that there are many benefits of urban trees:

  • Save money: Just 3-4 trees strategically located around a house can cut summer cooling costs by 30-40%!
  • Cool down: The net cooling effect of a tree is equal to 10 room-sized air conditioners operating 20 hours per day.
  • Healthy families: Kids in tree-lined neighborhoods have lower rates of ADD and asthma.
  • Improve quality of life: Trees beautify neighborhoods and reduce speeding and crime, improving quality of life.
  • Reduce noise: Tree-lined streets reduce noise pollution by absorbing sounds and slowing down traffic.
  • Add value: Trees and vegetation can raise property values by up to 37%

Get your free tree today!