Forest Lawn & Re-Tree WNY seek volunteers to plant trees

treetops with cloud in Hamburg NY
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Forest Lawn & Re-Tree WNY seek volunteers to plant trees from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2 at Forest Lawn, 1411 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

No experience is necessary; a brief training session will take place each day. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

During this event, about 300 bare root deciduous hardwood trees will be planted throughout Forest Lawn as part of Forest Lawn’s ongoing efforts to “return the forest to Forest Lawn” through its Landscape Renewal Plan. A grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo funded the purchase of 250 of the trees.

Tools and refreshments will be provided; however, volunteers are welcome to bring their own tools if they prefer. Participants are asked to wear appropriate work clothing and closed-toe shoes or boots.

This event will be held rain or shine. Volunteers are invited to participate on one or both days.

While registration is not required, it is appreciated. Call Catherine Meyer at Forest Lawn at (716) 885-1606, ext. 242 or email her at

Please assemble at the chapel (enter via the Delaware Avenue or Main Street gates; follow the signs and white lines on the road).

Forest Lawn, one of the first deliberately designed and professionally landscaped rural cemeteries in the United States, is at the heart of Western New York’s cultural tourism renaissance.

Re-Tree WNY, a program of Keep Western New York Beautiful, is an all-volunteer organization that was formed as a result of the October Storm in 2006. Re-Tree has planted almost 25,000 trees in the 18 municipalities that lost street and park trees, with a goal of 30,000 trees. Re-Tree is winner of the 2008 National Arbor Day Foundation project award.

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