Regreening Greenfield plans Arbor Day celebration


GREENFIELD — Residents looking for a way to celebrate Arbor Day have an opportunity Saturday. 

Regreening Greenfield, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to contribute to the quality of community life through the preservation and restoration of the city’s urban forest, plans to distribute tree seedlings to residents Saturday in celebration of Arbor Day.

Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April and encourages citizens to plant and care for trees.

For years, Regreening Greenfield has offered seedlings to residents in celebration of Arbor Day. Here’s what you need to know about Saturday’s event.

1. It starts early.

The organization will begin passing out seedlings at 8 a.m. at the Hancock County Courthouse Plaza on a first-come, first-served basis. Maxwell Intermediate School students will assist with the process. The seeds don’t cost anything, but donations are encouraged.

2. Many seeds are up for grabs.

Several hundred seedlings of varying kinds will be available, including White Pine, Scarlet Oak, Sugar Maple, Flowering Dogwood and Redbud.

3. There will be a raffle and silent auction.

Charlotte Creek Nursery donated several trees to be auctioned off at the event. Hackberry, Frontier Elm, Chinkapin Oak, Shingle Oak, Black Gum and and Swamp White Oak trees were donated. Proceeds from the raffle and silent auction will go to Regreening Greenfield to be used for tree-planting projects around the city.