The event will include a tree planting and educational activities with area school children. Asheville City Councilman Brian Haynes will open the event by reading the Arbor Day Proclamation. The public is invited to attend and participate in the tree planting.
Asheville GreenWorks is partnering with the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department on an initiative to plant trees at all 74 city-owned recreation facilities over the next three years. The Arbor Day celebration and tree planting are part of the “30 Trees in 30 Days” program, which began on March 28 and runs through April 28 to kick off the Tree Initiative.
To learn more about “30 Trees in 30 Days” and the Parks Tree Initiative, visit ashevillenc.gov/departments/
Through the work of Asheville GreenWorks, the city of Asheville has been designated as a Tree City USA for 37 years. Tree City USA is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation and it provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees. Asheville is one of more than 3,400 communities that have made the commitment to become a Tree City USA. To do this a city must meet four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.
Established in 1973, Asheville GreenWorks is an urban environmental conservation organization working to inspire, equip and mobilize individuals and communities to take care of the places we love to live. With thousands of volunteers, Asheville GreenWorks engages the community in grassroots projects including tree plantings, urban agriculture, environmental cleanups, anti-litter and waste reduction education, creation of green spaces, and preservation of Asheville’s rivers and trees.