The City of Clearwater will continue its tradition of celebrating Arbor Day by giving the gift of trees to residents at Clearwater’s Arbor Day Celebration & Tree Giveaway.
The annual tree giveaway will be Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works Complex, 1650 N. Arcturas Ave. Proof of Clearwater residency is required.
Participants can choose up to two trees in 3-gallon containers. Varieties include Crape Myrtle (White Natchez, Lavender Muskogee, Pink Sioux, Red Tuscarora), Red Cluster Bottlebrush, Simpson Stopper, Walter’s Viburnum, Silver and Green Buttonwood, Red Maple, Pignut Hickory, Pecan, Catalpa, Sugarberry, Mayhaw, Persimmon, Green Ash, Dahoon Holly, Yaupon Holly, Southern Red Cedar, Sweetgum, Sweetbay, Southern Magnolia, Blackgum, Slash Pine, Pinus Palustris, Sycamore, Chickasaw Plumb, Turkey Oak, Live Oak, Elderberry and Baldcypress.
Arbor Day holds great significance as it promotes the planting and care of trees. Since its inception in the late 1800s, this observance has been celebrated in many countries worldwide. Trees play a crucial role in our ecosystem by providing oxygen, absorbing carbon dioxide, and reducing air pollution. They also provide shelter and food for wildlife, prevent soil erosion, and contribute to a more sustainable environment. By celebrating Arbor Day, we can raise awareness about the importance of trees and inspire individuals and communities to take action to protect and preserve them.
Planting trees is a simple yet effective way of making a positive impact on the environment. Trees not only provide numerous benefits to the ecosystem, but they also enhance the beauty of our surroundings and improve our quality of life. By planting trees, we can help to mitigate the effects of climate change, as they absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the air. Trees also provide shade and cooling, which can help to reduce energy costs and improve air quality. Additionally, planting trees can help to create habitat for wildlife and promote biodiversity. All in all, planting trees is a rewarding and meaningful way to contribute to a more sustainable and beautiful world.
Photos from the 2022 Clearwater Tree Giveaway
(Images courtesy of the City of Clearwater)