Planting Projects

Cool Green Trees plants the right trees in the right place. We nurture these young trees to become healthy adults — as well as the people who live alongside them.
East Lake Park

In 2018, our interest in growing new young forests led to the East Lake Park project. We planted two pilot projects to reforest aging shade trees in the north end of East Lake Park, the largest park in the City of Birmingham. Partners planted over 130 native trees grown from local seed sources to study urban reforestation. Both “young forest” locations are thriving.

UAB Grand Challenge Partner

From 2020 through 2022, we partnered with the UAB Live HealthSmart Alabama program in three neighborhood demonstration areas: Titusville, Kingston, and East Lake. Planting trees on 1st Street South in Titusville transformed the streetscape and softened the right-of-way to help calm traffic. The main park in Kingston, Stockham Park, now has three rows of young trees as a sight and noise barrier for the park from the nearby railroad line and industrial park. In 2022, we planted new street trees on Division Avenue in East Lake to shelter the main traffic and pedestrian route to the local grocery store.

The World Games 2022

As the lead sustainability contractor for The World Games 2022, Cawaco planted 171 trees. In December 2021, we partnered with The World Games 2022 and Vulcan Materials Company to plant 80 trees in the Village Creek floodplain within the East Thomas neighborhood and 60 trees around the perimeter of Legion Field Stadium. Over 60 people attended the volunteer event, including East Thomas Neighborhood Association, The World Games staff, Vulcan Materials, Keep Birmingham Beautiful, Birmingham Water Works, the Alabama House of Representatives, and Birmingham City Council. We also funded an additional 31 trees planted on 20th Street in a high-traffic area of downtown Birmingham.

Collegeville Neighborhood, Floodplain

The Collegeville Neighborhood has an abundance of opportunity for repairing tree canopy and creating green infrastructure for soaking stormwater into the ground. Our first project site followed the EPA Shuttlesworth Civil Rights Green Infrastructure Park Plan from 2020. We planted 92 large size trees and 115 smaller seedlings in the area between New Bethel Baptist Church and the Collegeville Recreation Center.  Our initial neighborhood event in 2023 provided a tree planting honoring local veterans.

North Eastlake Neighborhood, East Lake Park

In 2018, Cawaco’s interest in growing new young forests led to the East Lake Park project. We planted two pilot projects to reforest aging shade trees in the north end of East Lake Park, the largest park in the City of Birmingham. Partners planted over 130 native trees grown from local seed sources to study urban reforestation. Both “young forest” locations are thriving.

East Thomas Neighborhood, Floodplain

As the lead sustainability contractor for The World Games 2022, Cawaco planted 171 trees. In December 2021, we partnered with The World Games 2022 and Vulcan Materials Company to plant 80 trees in the Village Creek floodplain within the East Thomas neighborhood

Fairfield, Alabama, Fairfield City Park

In 2023 we replaced the beautiful but aging tree canopy in Fairfield City Park with 15 young trees in the new playground area. The refurbished park is across the street from Restoration Academy school and the green tree boulevard along Lloyd Noland Parkway.

Central City Neighborhood, 20th Street

As the lead sustainability contractor for The World Games 2022, Cawaco planted 171 trees. We funded 31 trees planted on 20th Street in a high-traffic area of downtown Birmingham. 

Kingston Neighborhood, Stockham Park

From 2020 through 2022, we partnered with the UAB Live HealthSmart Alabama program in three neighborhood demonstration areas: Titusville, Kingston, and East Lake.  The main park in Kingston, Stockham Park, now has three rows of young trees as a sight and noise barrier for the park from the nearby railroad line and industrial park.

North Eastlake Neighborhood, Lynn Park

In fall 2023, we worked with Brasfield & Gorrie and the Veterans Administration Whole Health program to plant 100 trees in Lynn Park, across from East Lake Park. Like many of the older parks in Birmingham, the tree canopy is aging and subject to damage from strong winds. We began replacing some of that canopy with white oaks grown from local acorns and a mix of native understory trees.

North Titusville Neighborhood, 1st Street South

From 2020 through 2022, Cawaco partnered with the UAB Live HealthSmart Alabama program in three neighborhood demonstration areas: Titusville, Kingston, and East Lake. Planting trees on 1st Street South in Titusville transformed the streetscape and softened the right-of-way to help calm traffic.  

Wahouma Neighborhood, Wahouma Park

Wahouma Park hosts many young sports teams. The wide open fields provide play areas but are often wet from shallow ground water. Our first year we planted 40 4-year-old large trees and 60 1-year-old trees. Trees naturally pull water from the soil to grow, and will help grow shade while drying out the fields. We hope to come back to this beautiful park for several years.

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