Clearwater Celebrates Arbor Day with Free Tree Giveaway

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The City of Clearwater will celebrate Arbor Day Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Service Complex, 1650 N. Arcturas Ave., with a ceremony and tree giveaway.

The Florida Division of Forestry will present the prestigious Tree City USA flag to Clearwater for the 30th consecutive year.

After the 9 a.m. ceremony, City of Clearwater residents will be eligible to receive two free trees per household.

Trees available include live oak, American elm, red cedar, bald cypress, southern magnolia, red maple, slash pines, Walters viburnum, and three colors of crape myrtles.

There will be 2,100 trees given away on a first-come, first-served basis.

Each tree will be in a three-gallon tub. Proof of Clearwater residency is required and can be established by presenting a voter’s registration card, a Florida driver license or a recent utility bill.

City staff will answer questions relating to maintaining and watering the new trees.

Tree City USA is a national program sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation and administered in Florida by the Division of Forestry.

To qualify for Tree City USA status, a city must meet certain criteria: establishment of an advisory board; enactment of a municipal tree ordinance; celebration of Arbor Day annually;and maintenance of a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita.

Clearwater meets all of these requirements.

For more information, call (727) 462-6563, ext. 226.