Citizens are invited to tree plantings planned for National Arbor Day on Friday, April 28. These tree plantings events will recognize the value of trees to the 165 communities from Florida and thousands nationwide that are a Tree City/County USA.
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.
The City of Anna Maria will be enhancing its City Pier at 100 N. Bay Blvd. with 5 green buttonwoods funded with a donation to Keep Manatee Beautiful from the Osceola Chapter NSDAR.
The City of Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee will be planting 5 silver buttonwoods and 12 Texas sage at the basketball courts near 62nd St. W. and Marina Way
funded by Keep Manatee Beautiful.
The City of Bradenton Beach activities will be at Lou Barolo Park on Highland Avenue at 4th Street North where 3 live oaks will be planted funded by the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency.
Manatee County Government will be enhancing the entrance to Perico Preserve at 11700 Manatee Ave. W. by planting 3 Southern red cedars. Elsewhere at Bennett Park, a Southern red cedar, bald cypress, sweet gum and slash pine will be planted. The trees were funded with donations to Keep Manatee Beautiful from Ellenton Nursery Growers and Modern Woodmen of America.
The City of Bradenton will honor Pat Gallo with a ceremony at Lewis Park – 3120 1st Ave. W. – where 3 Dahoon hollies will be planted with donations from Republican Women of Manatee County and The Trophy Case.
Elsewhere, already completed at Perico Bridge southeast shoreline of Palma Sola Scenic Highway/S.R 64 West are the plantings of 3 sand oaks, 1 Jamaican dogwood, 3 sea grape, 3 green buttonwood, 5 varnish leaf, 2 pigeon plum, 3 saffron plum, 5 red mangroves, and several native shrubs. Grading, shell, bollards and rope installation were also completed. These enhancements were made possible with funds from the Bradenton Tree Fund and Eaton Fund, as well as donations to Keep Manatee Beautiful from the Florida Native Plant Society, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, SMR Aggregates Inc. and Woodruff & Sons.