Keep Manatee Beautiful wishes you a – Happy Arbor Day! Trees have always played a crucial role in the long-term health, beauty and vitality of any thriving community. Enlarging our urban forest at public buildings, parks, preserves as well as on gateways and neighborhoods creates a positive impression reflective of the overall community’s quality of life, and is beneficial to residents and visitors alike.
Florida Arbor Day observances on today’s official date of Friday, January 15 included:
The City of Bradenton and Manatee County Government celebrated by honoring Chips Shore at the Manatee County Courthouse Square’s grand gumbo limbo on the northeast corner of 1115 Manatee Avenue West.
The City of Holmes Beach Parks & Beautification Committee planted one pond cypress tree to compliment the other three at Holmes Beach City Hall at 5801 Marina Drive donated by Keep Manatee Beautiful.
The City of Palmetto and Keep Manatee Beautiful planted a live oak donated by Turner Tree & Landscape to celebrate the “Fair of the Century” at the Manatee County Fairgrounds, 1402 14th Ave. W. in Palmetto, on the north end of the fairgrounds near the entertainment tent area.
The observances described above recognize the value of trees to the 164 communities from Florida and more than 3,400 communities nationwide that are currently a Tree City USA. The many benefits of being a Tree City include creating a framework for action, education, a positive public image, and citizen pride.
Locally, Tree City USAs include Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Palmetto, and Manatee County as a Tree County USA. To become a Tree City/County USA, governments meet the following four requirements set by the National Arbor Day Foundation: a community must have a tree care ordinance, a legal tree governing body, a comprehensive urban forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.