Living Legacy Groves


Living Legacy Groves are planned groupings of trees and other native plantings on City of Norfolk property, made possible by donations from residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. The groves are accessible to the public, will include educational signage and are planted in areas earmarked for restoration.


The first Living Legacy Grove is located in Lakewood Park, on the Lafayette River. The grove was planted in spring 2010 with trees contributed by the Elizabeth River Project and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, supported by a Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, using funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Plans for the Future

The Living Legacy Groves will be made up of native trees and will not be mowed in order to permit the development of a natural ecosystem within the grove. This design helps retain soil and stormwater on the site, aids in carbon uptake, and provides habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Over time, additional Living Legacy Groves will be added throughout the city in public spaces that will accommodate additional trees.

Living Legacy Grove - Established 2010

Leave Your Legacy

Donating to the Living Legacy Groves project is a natural, lasting way to mark occasions such as a birth, graduation, or anniversary and to honor or remember a special person or favorite pet.

For individuals and businesses lacking space to plant a tree, donating to the Living Legacy Grove fund is a great way to give back to your community and help the environment.

A personalized recognition certificate from the City of Norfolk - suitable for framing or scrapbooking - is provided to all donors. Contribute to Living Legacy Groves.


  • Academy for Discovery Lakewood
  • Bluestone Park
  • Campostella Elementary School
  • Coleman Place Elementary
  • Colonial Place Greenway Park
  • Lafayette Park -Ernie Morgan Center
  • Lakewood Park
  • Larchmont Library
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden
  • Norfolk Fitness and Wellness Center
  • Ocean View Community Park
  • Poplar Hall Park
  • Tarrallton Park