Arbor Day Festival and Tree Giveaway
Greenscape organizes Jacksonville’s official Arbor Day Celebration and schedules it on a date approved and designated each year by Mayoral Proclamation. The event changes venue annually to provide opportunities for all citizens to attend and participate. This event raises awareness of the important role trees play in our lives, offers professional advice to homeowners, and distributes free trees to increase our urban canopy.
This Year’s Event
COJ’s KEEP JACKSONVILLE BEAUTIFUL PARTNERS WITH GREENSCAPE FOR A DAY OF RECYCLING AND FREE TREES
Tree giveaway will be part of annual shredding event
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., October 8, 2020 – For the first time in its 11-year history, the City of Jacksonville and Keep Jacksonville Beautiful’s America Recycling Day event will feature both a shred activity and a tree giveaway in partnership with Greenscape of Jacksonville. Following best practice ideas for COVID era events, the shredding drop off and the tree pickup will be staged on a drive thru course. The public must wear masks and remain in their vehicles. Masked volunteers will assist in removing paper for shredding and placing tree selections in vehicle trunks.
The community-wide recycling collection event, a nationwide initiative by Keep America Beautiful, will be held 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, November 14 in the parking lot of the Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Water St. Last year, more than 4,000 pounds of paper was shred during the event. Long-time event sponsor Republic Services will provide free shredding services.
Greenscape will give away more than 2,000 free trees to residents on a first-come, first-serve basis during the four-hour event. The tree giveaway is part of the annual Arbor Day celebration which was postponed because of COVID concerns. The 3-gallon container trees being given away include the following species:
- Natchez Crape Myrtle (White)
- Tuscarora Crape Myrtle (Coral)
- Southern Magnolia
- Dahoon Holly
- Red Maple
- Live Oak
- Bald Cypress