Neighborhood Tree Program

The Neighborhood Tree Program is a partnership between the City of Falls Church, the Village Preservation and Improvement Society, and volunteers to help restore and maintain a healthy tree canopy.

 Our focus is twofold.  First we strive to educate residents about the benefits of trees and to encourage them to take an active role in caring for trees.  Our second emphasis is on collecting donations to purchase and plant native shade trees near streets and sidewalks to cool our community and make it a more inviting place to walk, bike and interact with our neighbors.  Shade trees are planted within 15 feet of the curb, using volunteer labor coupled with logistical support from the City’s tree professionals at no cost to the landowner.   

Trees in the City of Falls Church, Virginia Guidebook celebrates trees in our community and has been a collaborative effort involving the Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS), the City Arborist and the Tree Commission. The guide covers the diversity of tree species and the important role trees play in helping make Falls Church such an enjoyable place to live. You can download the guide as a PDF: VPIS Tree Book

Upcoming event:

Falls Church City Arbor Day Ceremony on Saturday April 27 at 1 PM at the Berman Park pavilion located at Kent St. and Ellison St, which is just south of Taco Bell. We’ll have refreshments and a 30 minute celebration with the city leaders and a representative from the Virginia Department of Forestry. *In the event of rain the event will be held in the community center.

FC Neighborhood Tree Program tree planting event will immediately follow the Arbor Day ceremony. We’ll have a tree planting demonstration and then split into teams to plant 20 trees throughout Falls Church City. You’ll want to wear gloves, boots or heavy shoes and clothes that can get dirty. The City will provide tools. (In case of steady rain we’ll plant on Sunday 4/28 at 1 pm). Please RSVP to: if you can help plant!

What can you do to help?

Request a tree!!!  If you have room on your property or in the City right-of-way within 15 feet of the curb, request your free street tree by NeighborhoodTreeProgramRequestForm and submitting it to City Arborist Kate Reich ( and Seth Heminway ( The requested tree must be native and meet the NTP Tree Selection Criteria.

To receive a tree you must:

1. be a Falls Church City resident, 
2. have room for a shade tree within 15 feet of the street, 
3. not have interfering utilities,
4. not be subject to a required landscaping plan.

Volunteer to help plant and care for trees!!! During these events we’ll start at a specific location with a demonstration and then spread out in teams to mulch and plant trees.  Wear, gloves, boots or heavy shoes and dirt friendly clothes.  We’ll have light refreshments and extra tools on hand.  Bring your friends or community groups.  Kids must be chaperoned.  Events are generally rain or shine – if heavy rain is predicted – check with Seth Heminway. 

Please let Seth Heminway know if you would like to volunteer to help plant trees.   

Contact: Seth Heminway, Volunteer Chair 
Falls Church Neighborhood Tree Program (there is no ‘g’ in last name) 
H (703) 536-3049 Cell (703) 389-7360