Make Your Home a Tree Sanctuary
Tennessee residents can now designate their property as a tree sanctuary with TUFC’s program for residences.
A tree sanctuary is a collection of trees on a property that is privately owned. Homeowners can apply to become a tree sanctuary for their own benefit or for the benefit of their community. Properties can remain closed except to family and friends or open on occasions for garden clubs and tree enthusiasts. The Tree Sanctuary program is an outgrowth of TUFC’s arboreta certification of public properties and businesses.
The certification process requires identifying at least 10 tree species on the property and submitting pictures and a map of the trees with their common and scientific names. Homeowners are also required to sign a healthy yard pledge, which includes no topping, using a certified arborist and providing proper maintenance.
Tree Sanctuary participants receive a Tennessee made outdoor plaque, subscription to our newsletter, and recognition on our website, social media pages, in our newsletter and at our conference (if desired).
Deadlines for Submission
- Twice per Year: June 30th and October 31st
- Applications processed and plaques mailed out during the month after deadline.
Tree Sanctuary Certification Costs
- Current TUFC Members: $75
- Non-members: $125
- Replacement of original plaque: $35
Click here to complete Tree Sanctuary Application
Tree Sanctuary Information Guide for Homeowners
Tennessee Tree Sanctuaries
- Anonymous, Memphis, 20 trees (2016)
- Walker Tree Sanctuary, Ripley, 36 trees (2016)
- Orion Hill Tree Sanctuary, Arlington, 27 trees (2018)
- Shawnee Waters, Gallatin, 120+ trees (2016)
- Marty and Kristin Shaw Tree Sanctuary, Franklin, 50+ trees (2017)
- Roger and Thorunn McCoy Tree Sanctuary, Nashville, 34 trees (2017)
- Anonymous, White House, 21 trees (2017)
- Frances and Roddie Peebles Tree Sanctuary, Nashville, 30 trees (2018)
- William Worrall and Jim Gregory Tree Sanctuary, Nashville, 23 trees (2018)
- Cortese Tree Sanctuary, Knoxville, 33+ trees (2016)
- Linden Craig and Mike Talley Tree Sanctuary, Knoxville, 16+ trees (2017)
- Douglas Airhart Tree Sanctuary, Cookeville, 18 trees (2017)
- Anonymous, Knoxville, 17 trees (2017)
- Ed and Suzanne Buck Tree Sanctuary, Cookeville, 22 trees (2017)