Plant a Tree Day:
History and How to Celebrate
Meaghan Weeden | June 28, 2022 | 4 min read
Celebrate Plant a Tree Day on September 28th
Each year on September 28th, One Tree Planted celebrates Plant a Tree Day, a global day of action that inspires thousands of volunteers around the world to plant trees, remove invasive species, clean up litter, establish community gardens and more! Plant a Tree day started in 2018, when 30 community reforestation events were organized by One Tree Planted, engaging 600 volunteers to plant over 7,000 trees and shrubs. Today, Plant a Tree Day has grown into a global movement that brings us together to make a positive environmental impact.
Planting trees is just one piece within the larger mosaic of action needed to address the climate crisis, but from restoring old-growth forests to empowering rural smallholder farmers with life-changing sustainable agroforestry trees, we've seen the incredible things that we can accomplish when we're working together towards a shared cause. No impact is too small, and when enough ordinary people take direct action, it adds up to something extraordinary: changing the world, one tree at a time.
From city parks to rural schools, benefiting habitats and communities big and small, we love inspiring people to come together to improve their local environments. Any time we get local volunteers together to plant trees, it's bound to be memorable — but each year, we're inspired anew. From the dedication showed by our partners and volunteers to the scale of what we're able to accomplish together and the spirit of camaraderie that, without fail, imbues each event, Plant a Tree Day (September 28th) is a reaffirmation of why we do what we do, making it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Together we can restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world.
WHY WAS PLANT A TREE DAY ESTABLISHED?
While there are many reasons to celebrate Plant A Tree Day, here are the top two that inspired us to establish the day:
- Fall is a great time to plant trees. While most people know that spring is a good time to plant, many don't know that fall is also a great time (and for some species and climates, it's actually better). So we wanted to take action and raise awareness for trees during this special time of year.
- Personal experience is priceless — and we want everyone to have the opportunity to get their hands in the dirt! Plant A Tree Day is an opportunity for us organize events in communities that might not otherwise have access to restoration activities. And these "hands in the dirt" experiences are immensely valuable and fun! It's a way to connect with the Earth, give back to nature, and learn about what's going on with the environment near you.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
Want to help us celebrate our 5th annual Plant a Tree Day? Sign-up below for our newsletter to stay tuned for more updates and volunteer opportunities as we get closer to the day (September 28th!)
In the meantime, you can still help us get trees in the ground 🌿