Our Mission

Friends of Trees is committed to improving and maintaining the community’s green infrastructure by planting, caring for, and advocating for the protection of trees in Chatham’s public parks and streetscapes; educating the public about the vital role of trees, and supporting local non-profits and schools that share our mission.

Since 1978 the all-volunteer Friends of Trees has worked to protect and plant trees in Chatham. In addition to offering memorial trees in memory of friends and family, we plant trees throughout the town, work to prevent needless tree removal, celebrate Arbor Day with tree plantings or tree giveaways, work with other groups to restore trees on public lands, provide educational grants, advise local government about tree plantings, obtain Tree City certification, and more.

The Many Benefits of Trees

Trees provide many benefits to us every day. Trees are not just beautiful to look at and to enjoy the cool shade they provide us on a hot summer day. Consider the following:

Trees enhance property value.

If you are a student of landscape design, you know that trees are most often used as an anchor to create an appealing design.

Trees provide a sense of history.

There are many notable trees in Chatham (pick up the brochure Walking Tour of Notable Trees in the Village). They have lived for many, many decades, perhaps even centuries. They are survivors of storms, the development around them, disease, and insect infestation.

Trees are the infrastructure of our streetscapes. 

They make our downtown areas more inviting and attractive and offer refuge from the summer heat. In a new study (University of Wisconsin, March 25, 2019), the shade provided by a tree’s canopy can lower the temperature by 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Trees also absorb automobile exhaust and clean the air.

beautiful tree along side house

Memorial trees

Many of the trees in Chatham’s parks, streetscapes, and neighborhoods today

Walking tour

Friends of Trees has published a self-guided walking tour of “Notable Trees” in Chatham's Old Village.

Chase Park Interactive tour

See the list of all of our
Chase Park Trees