Tree Sanctuary


Make Your Home a Tree Sanctuary

Tree Sanctuary PlaqueYou can now designate your 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.

Criteria for certification include identifying 10 tree species on the property and submitting pictures of the trees and a map with their common and scientific names. Homeowners are required to sign a healthy yard pledge requiring no topping, using a certified arborist, and proper maintenance.

Participants receive an outdoor plaque, a certificate, and free membership in TUFC.

The Tree Sanctuary program is an outgrowth of TUFC’s arboreta certification of public properties and businesses. TUFC ARBORETA

Sorry, we are not accepting new applications at this time.

Tennessee Tree Sanctuaries

West Tennessee

  1. Anonymous, Memphis, 20 trees (2016)
  2. Walker Tree Sanctuary, Ripley, 36 trees (2016)
  3. Orion Hill Tree Sanctuary, Arlington, 27 trees (2018)

Middle Tennessee

  1. Shawnee Waters, Gallatin, 120+ trees (2016)
  2.  Marty and Kristin Shaw Tree Sanctuary, Franklin, 50+ trees (2017)
  3. Roger and Thorunn McCoy Tree Sanctuary, Nashville, 34 trees (2017)
  4. Anonymous, White House, 21 trees (2017)
  5. Frances and Roddie Peebles Tree Sanctuary, Nashville, 30 trees (2018)
  6. William Worrall and Jim Gregory Tree Sanctuary, Nashville, 23 trees (2018)

East Tennessee

  1. Cortese Tree Sanctuary, Knoxville, 33+ trees (2016)
  2. Linden Craig and Mike Talley Tree Sanctuary, Knoxville, 16+ trees (2017)
  3. Douglas Airhart Tree Sanctuary, Cookeville, 18 trees (2017)
  4. Anonymous, Knoxville, 17 trees (2017)
  5. Ed and Suzanne Buck Tree Sanctuary, Cookeville, 22 trees (2017)