Under Buckhorn Tree-Mendous Tampa Program Planted over 11,000 Trees
Since 2011, the program has planted 11,391 free trees to be exact. That’s the equivalent of planting 3.90 trees per day, including holidays and weekends. Established in 1997 as the Community Tree Program, the Tree-Mendous Tampa Free Tree Program was rebranded in 2013 as a part of the Parks and Recreation Departments commitment to renewing the Urban Forest of Tampa. The program is funded through the City of Tampa’s Tree Trust Fund, a reserve funded by fines collected from local builders who remove trees during construction projects or by contractors who can’t replace trees the city requires them to replant.
“This program has a lasting impact for generations,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “We recognize that our green space and tree canopy are invaluable in ensuring the best quality of life for our residents. Whether you’re having a picnic in one of our parks, walking our trails, or enjoying an afternoon in your backyard in the shade our robust canopy provides a break from the strong Florida sun.”
An educational component was added to help residents by providing the “best management practices” for trees. The practices include topics such as mulching, irrigation, pruning, and general care for the trees. In addition to the educational component, an outreach program was started with local civic associations.
Last year Tampa was recognized by the World Economic Forum as having more trees than any other city in the world.