Education & Outreach, Events, and Partnerships


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Trees enhance our Town with natural beauty and provide benefits to our neighborhoods by reducing air pollution; filtering dust; reducing noise; providing cooling shade; preventing soil erosion; improving surface drainage; and minimizing flooding. It is for these reasons that the Town of Mount Pleasant promotes the protection of existing trees and for the replacement and planting of new trees. 

The Take Root Program began in May 2021 as a community-wide tree planting initiative to encourage residents to take an active role in beautifying the community.  As a successful program, the Town has expanded Take Root to encompass all tree programs, beautification efforts, and related educational programs with a mission to preserve existing canopy and promote new tree canopy.  The Take Root program includes:


  • Tree Protection Ordinance
  • Tree Bank Grant
  • Scenic Highways
  • Public Planting Projects
  • Power Line Undergrounding Program
  • Take Root Events
  • Education and Outreach
  • Partnerships

Take Root Events are a community tree give-a-way initiative designed to encourage residents to take an active role in beautifying our Town and addressing the challenges of growth. Further, the intent is to provide education and to encourage our citizens to plant responsibly. Planning Staff volunteers their time to work at these events throughout the year. To date, the Town has given away over 3,500 trees, a variety of all native species. Take Root Events include the following:

  • Farmers Market
  • Children’s Day Festival
  • Sweetgrass Basket Festival
  • Blessing of the Fleet
  • Arbor Day Activities  

 The Town has given away 3,619 seedlings to date from Spring 2021-Spring 2023.


Children's Day Festival - October 15, 2023 - 12-5:00 pm at Park West Recreation Complex. - Tree species available to be updated soon!

SC Arbor Day (being celebrated at Park West Recreation Field on December 2nd) Sign up now for two free 3 gallon trees

Team up with your neighbors to Take Root Mount Pleasant!  Consider the impact if we all took up the challenge to plant another tree. Take Root Mount Pleasant! Use the hashtag #TakeRootMP on Instagram and Facebook when you share photos of your newly planted tree!

  1. Liz Boyles

    Neighborhood Livability Division Chief

  2. Planning

    Physical Address
    100 Ann Edwards Lane
    Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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education and outreach

An important component of the Take Root Program is education and outrPLANT THE RIGHT TREE IN THE RIGHT PLACEeach. The Town has a great deal of resources on its website that is continuously updated and expanded.

Benefits of Tree Planting

  • Improved air quality
  • Cooler summers from shade
  • Erosion control
  • Flood mitigation
  • Increased property values
  • Protecting Biodiversity

Tree Planting Resources


The Town has a talented staff credentialed in the areas of Landscape Architecture and Municipal Specialist Certified Arborist that works in partnership with organizations and businesses throughout the community to ensure the success of the Take Root Mount Pleasant program including: 

  • East Cooper Center for Advanced Studies
  • Laing Middle School
  • Pinckney Elementary School
  • Lucy Beckham High School
  • Town of Mount Pleasant Youth Council
  • Cultural Arts and Pride Commission
  • South Carolina – Arbor Day Foundation
  • Dominion Energy – Nonstandard service fund agreement