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Photo: Division of Community Forestry

To celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day, the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability, will give away 1,000 trees on Saturday, April 21 from 12-2 p.m. at the Hope Community Garden in south Louisville (1400 Bicknell Drive).

“In our growing city, we are always looking for ways to improve our community’s health and our environment,” Erin Thompson, Louisville Metro’s Urban Forester, said. “One of the best ways to do this is by planting a tree. We encourage all residents to join us in celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting a tree.”

At this giveaway event, any Jefferson County resident may take up to three trees on a first come, first served basis. A driver’s license or utility bill must be provided for proof of residence. All trees should be planted on private property.

All trees that will be given away are native to Kentucky and will be provided to residents in three gallon containers. Species available on Saturday include Allegheny Serviceberry, Redbud, Black Oak, Eastern Red Cedar, Pawpaw, American Hornbeam, Sugar Maple, River Birch, Tulip Poplar and Red Oak.

For more information, please visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/division-community-forestry

Photo: Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation

Metro Parks and Recreation will be celebrating Arbor Day during the entire month of April. We know you love trees as much as we do!

Our city’s tree canopy includes approximately 270 species of trees found in the nearly 7,000 acres at Jefferson Memorial Forest and throughout 6,600 acres in 120 parks and six Olmsted-designed parkways.

We’ll be sharing interesting facts about trees throughout the month at our blog, Common Ground, where we’ve asked staff from our Forestry division to share their thoughts on trees and even asked them for their favorites. That’s where you come in! During the month of April, we’re also asking the public to share pictures of their favorite trees at our Instagram page (@loumetroparks). Those who do so can drop by our administrative offices afterwards at Joe Creason Park and pick up a free Tree Identification Poster, beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5.

We’ll make the posters available until 5 p.m. Friday, April 28 – but you must participate (and share your picture/handle with us when you pick up). Also, only one poster per participant, please.

For more information, visit Common Ground here, and be sure to share your pics on Instagram.

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