BNAN Sponsors Free Fall Tree Giveaway to Residents

October 16, 2013
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Boston Natural Areas Network  (BNAN), the City of Boston and the Department of Conservation and Recreation have partnered to distribute 100 free trees to Boston residents and neighborhood organizations on Saturday, Oct. 26

The tree giveaway is aimed at broadening community level tree planting efforts by giving away free trees to Boston residents, non-profits and community groups.  It  is made possible through the Boston Urban Forest Program, a partnership effort by the Boston Natural Areas Network, the City of Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department, Mayor Menino’s Greenovate Boston Initiative and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

There is a limit of one tree per residence and three trees per non-profit, community group, neighborhood association or school. The trees must be planted in Boston.  To receive a tree, applicants must fill out a brief form available on line at www.growbostongreener.org/gbg/ and e-mail the completed form to linda@bostonnatural.org or mail to: Grow Boston Greener, Attn: Linda Ciesielski, Boston Natural Areas Network, 62 Summer St., second floor, Boston, MA 02110, Completed applications must be received by Friday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m.

The application requires your name, phone number, email address, tree planting location, number of trees requested, preferred tree species, and your agreement to water and maintain your tree(s) for two years after the planting date and plant your tree(s) by Nov. 30.

The trees will be on a limited first-come, first-served basis.  There will be four different species: fruit trees: apple, peach and plum; flowering trees: cherry, dogwood, hawthorn and redbud; shade trees: elm, maple and oak; and conifer trees: white pine, and arborvitae.

There will one day and only one day to pick up the free trees. Trees will be available for pick up on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan. Residents and groups must make arrangements to pick up trees at that time. Trees will not be held for a later pick up. In addition, on the day of the free tree pick-up two 30-minute training sessions will be offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at City Natives on how to properly plant and care for your tree.