Free trees and shrubs available Apr. 19 – 24 at Wakefield Arboretum, in honor of Earth Day

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Free trees and shrubs available Apr. 19 – 24 at Wakefield Arboretum, in honor of Earth Day

Help beautify your neighborhood.. and help combat climate change! Drop by during the week of Earth Day for a free tree!

Following last year’s popular giveaway, REI Co-op has partnered with the Friends of the Blue Hills, Wakefield Estate, and other Blue Hills Climate Action Coalition members to celebrate Earth Day with a free tree giveaway.

Trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be four species of trees available (River Birch, Crab Apple. Red Maple, Red Oak, and Colorado Spruce) and three species of shrubs (Gray Dogwood, Red Dogwood, Common Nineback). These native trees have co-evolved over time with native wildlife species and are well suited to provide appropriate food and shelter.

Trees and shrubs are available for pick-up beginning on Monday, April 19 through Saturday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon daily at the Mary May Binney Wakefield Arboretum, located at 1465 Brush Hill Road in Milton.

The tree pick-up plan will include social distancing protocols; people will be asked to stay in their cars and trees will be loaded in by volunteers. Please choose your trees before arrival. There is a limit to two trees per family while supplies last.

There are many reasons to plant trees. They help reduce climate change through a process called carbon sequestration, where they remove carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen. And they offer cooling shade, block cold winter winds, attract birds and wildlife, purify our air, prevent soil erosion, clean our water, and add grace and beauty to our homes and communities.

Want to learn how to care for your trees? Join us for a virtual Plant a Tree on Earth Day Workshop!

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