The Greening the Gateway Cities Program - abbreviated GGCP, is a community forestry program that aims to reduce household heating and cooling bills by planting free shade trees at qualifying homes and businesses in McKnight, Old Hill, and parts of Upper Hill. This is a state program funded by the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and administered by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).
The Springfield division was introduced in early 2018 and aims to plant 2,400 trees over the course of 3 years with 80% of these trees planted on private property. McKnight, Old Hill, and Upper Hill were chosen because they have some of the lowest tree canopy cover in the City – 11.4%, 15.9%, and 12% respectively. A healthy urban forest improves the quality of the water we drink, the air we breathe, the stability of our neighborhoods, and our sense of community.
Let your friends, family, and neighbors know that we will be giving out free trees and in return, we only ask the homeowner to water the tree for two years so they can establish. During the Summer, our partner ReGreen Springfield will have sign up stations located in public parks and at community events around the city. You will also see the Springfield GGCP crew canvassing the neighborhood. Residents can request a tree by dialing 3-1-1 or by filling out this brief contact form. We do site visits year-round so it's never a bad time to order a tree!
Our planting seasons are:
Spring - April 1st to June 30th
Fall - September 1st to November 30th
Please, take a look at our links on the right for more information or click here to request a free tree.