Shade Jake’s Place – A Boundless Playground in Cherry Hill, NJ

Today we planted 16 trees to Shade Jake’s Place – a boundless playground where children of any ability can play. Play areas at Jake’s Place are accessible to all. The ramps are strong enough and wide enough to accommodate disabled adults so that they too can play with their kids. It was an excellent day where NJTF staff worked side by side with volunteers planting and mulching trees, shrubs and perennials. To learn more about this amazing playground visit Jake’s Place website.

NJ Tree Foundation planting trees at Jake's Place.

Jake’s Place will need 16 more trees in the spring to complete the planting beds. If you are interested in helping us Shade Jake’s Place, please consider donating to the cause.



NJ Urban Tree Spotlight

State-wide, NJTF trees are bringing nature back to our urban communities.

These colorful flowering trees bring life to the 2800 block of Harrison Avenue in Camden.
Liberty State Park is an oasis for Jersey City residents. Here, you see volunteers working on the NJTF's Grove of Remembrance for 9/11 victims.

Beautiful shade trees grace the sidewalks of Ann Street School in Newark, planted with NJTF on Earth Day.

Please stay posted for volunteer planting opportunities this spring. We need YOU to help reforest NJ’s most urban areas.

Bare Root Tree Planting

Planting bare-root trees has become all the rage. Why? Because they are easy to handle, lightweight and inexpensive. To see what the fuss was all about, the NJ Tree Foundation purchased 30 bare-root Red oaks from the NJ Forest Nursery. The 5 – 7′ trees easily fit in our truck. We planted the trees in Liberty State Park, Jersey City. Why? Liberty is my litmus test for tree and plant survival. If a tree can survive the horrible “soil”, harsh river wind and lack of drainage, then it will thrive just about anywhere in NJ.

This demonstration project was interesting. I thought with bare-root trees, the hole would be smaller, but it really isn’t. The tree pit must be wide enough and deep enough to encompass ALL the roots of the tree without circling or crushing them in the hole.  The depth of the hole was certainly less than needed with a B&B tree, but the width was more. One really nice thing: all of the soil is used when planting a bare-root tree. When planting B&B trees, there is always a lot of soil that must be carted away.

Our 4-man crew planted 10-12 bare-root trees in an hour. (We could do double that amount in easily-dug soil.) Clean up was a snap: no wire baskets, trunk guards, string or extra soil to clean up. Mulch, water and enjoy!

We will monitor these trees for the next year or so. Not sure if they will need to be staked. I’ll let you know after the first good Nor’ Easter.

Donations Make a Difference!

NJTF would like to thank United Water Camden, LLC (UWC) and MAFCO Worldwide Corporation for their consistent support of the Urban Airshed Reforestation Program (UARP) in Camden!

UWC donates equipment and an operator to offload UARP trees during spring and fall tree plantings in Camden. That's a $5,000-8,000 donation every year!
UWC's operators are skilled, professional, and a pleasure to work with! Special thanks to operators Kenny and Tito.
Guy Dietrich of MAFCO hand-delivers mulch at UARP tree planting events. MAFCO's donation saves NJTF about $2,000 a year, as they donate one bag of mulch for every new tree we plant!

How can others help? You can support the NJ Tree Foundation by volunteering or making a donation! To access the Camden UARP page, please visit:

The Perfect Saturday!

Urban Airshed Reforestation Program (UARP)

The NJ Tree Foundation joined forces with nearly 100 Camden residents and volunteers today to bring 50+ trees, shrubs, and perennials to the Whitman Park neighborhood of Camden! Trees were planted along the 1600 block of Louis, the 1200 block of Jackson, and the 1100&1200 blocks of Sheridan Street. Pictured above: trees and shrubs now surround the Jackson St. community garden! This planting was possible thanks to funding from Impact100 Philadelphia.

Thank you to all our hard-working volunteers! Please visit our facebook page to see photos from this tree planting event: