On Saturday October 18th, Alexandria City saw its first FREE tree give away. Sponsored by TreeStewards and funded by a grant from ACTrees and CSX, 150 native trees were distributed free of charge to Alexandria City residents.
Many of the respondents recounted how the Derecho of June 2012 had destroyed many of the trees in their neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods saw whole groves felled by trees falling on each other like dominos. Each recipient was personally advised by one of the TreeSteward volunteers on how to plant and they were given a copy of The Tree Owners Manual, available through this website if you click on the tab Tree Care at the top of screen.
Residents happily claimed their choice of Chestnut, Swamp White or Red Oak, as well as Black Gum, Persimmon, Witch Hazel and Hackberry. Under story favorites such as Redbud, Dogwood, River Birch and Magnolia were also in high demand. All trees came from the Octoraro Native Plant Nursery of Lancaster Pennsylvania.
Our fearless tree packing crew managed to get trees into all sorts of vehicles, from the mundane pickup truck to the sporty hatchback. No one left without their tree.
The Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. CSX Corporation is one of the nation’s leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services.CSX Giveaway Grants funded tree giveaways throughout the nation during National NeighborWoods® Month which was held in October of this year.