Homewood prides itself on providing and maintaining a community full of trees and greenspaces. Not only does this help beautify our landscape, it offers natural habitats for native species and pollinators.
ArbNet Level 1 Arboretum
The Village of Homewood has been awarded a Level 1 Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism. The Village of Homewood is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.
Tree City USA
Officially recognized as a Tree City USA, Homewood’s commitment toward management of the urban forest continues to grow. Support for these management practices comes from our own Village President and Board of Trustees, the National Arbor Day Foundation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The National Arbor Day Foundation sponsors the Tree City USA program with cooperation from State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
2,700 communities nationwide are part of Tree City, and only 523 cities nationwide have received the Growth Award. The Growth Award is recognition given to communities that achieve a level of urban forest management above and beyond the basic requirements of Tree City USA. In order to achieve the Growth Award, Homewood is required to score ten points on environmental programs annually and has averaged over thirty points per year for the last five years.