Blessed Earth Tree Planting Project
And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. (Genesis 2:9)
About the Blessed Earth Tree Planting Project
No matter where you live, the Blessed Earth Tree Planting Project provides a simple, tangible way for you to “tend and protect the garden” (Genesis 2:15) while helping people who live in economically challenged neighborhoods
Each spring and fall, Blessed Earth partners with churches and community associations to help plant trees, primarily in poor neighborhoods. You can help by donating to the Tree Planting Project or by planting trees in your town.
How you can help
- Donate—Honor a loved one or special occasion with a lovely Tree Certificate. Tree Certificates make meaningful Christmas, birthday, anniversary, and memorial gifts.
- Volunteer—Start a tree planting program in your town. Trees add beauty, clean the air, reduce crime, increase property values, cool homes, and glorify God.
- Share—Forward this weblink to five friends, and ask them to pass it to five more. Start a movement, one tree at a time!
- Read—Pass along this sermon given by Dr. Sleeth at the National Cathedral, “I Hug Trees for Jesus”
The Blessed Earth Tree Planting story
A few summers ago, Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, co-founders of Blessed Earth, took a walk in one of Lexington, Kentucky’s lovely, tree-lined neighborhoods. Squirrels and chipmunks scampered along the branch highways overhead while birds flitted in and around the canopy. Children played under large oak, ash, and maple trees. Neighbors sat outside on shaded front porches.
That same day, Matthew and Nancy took another walk, this time in the poor section of town where there are no trees. The temperature felt at least fifteen degrees hotter—the sidewalks barren, front yards brown and scorched by the sun.
“Why aren’t churches helping to plant trees—especially in these neighborhoods?” Matthew asked. Blessed Earth decided to become part of the solution, helping individuals and churches plant trees in poor communities, one neighborhood at a time. Click here for photos essays of some of our recent tree planting projects.
Why plant trees?
Planting trees is a win-win-win. They help clean the air, reduce wastewater run-off, provide shade, beautify neighborhoods, increase home values, and decrease crime.
As people of faith, we are tasked with being good stewards of the earth. Planting trees in poor neighborhoods helps us fulfill the Great Commandment to love God and love our neighbors, including generations yet to come.
Trees in the Bible
From Genesis to Revelation, scripture overflows with God’s love for trees. Abraham welcomes the angels under the oaks of Mamre; Moses speaks with God before a bush that will not burn; and Debra holds court under the palms. Jesus works with trees in Joseph’s carpentry shop and dies on a tree to atone for our sins. When Christ arises on Easter morning, Mary mistakes him for a gardener. But it is no mistake: Jesus is the new Adam, helping us tend God’s garden—this earth.
Partner with Blessed Earth today
Partners who make a donation of $25 or more to the Tree Planting Project will receive a lovely tree certificate. Tree certificates make great special occasion, thank you, birthday, anniversary, Christmas, memorial, and “just because” presents.
They’re also a meaningful way to thank employees, business associates, and clients, too. Keep a stack on hand for impromptu and last minute gifts.
Thank you for sharing the creation care journey with us. We are grateful!
—Matthew and Nancy Sleeth