MANATEE COUNTY -- Citizens are invited to tree plantings planned for National Arbor Day on Friday, April 27. These tree plantings events will recognize the value of trees to the 179 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.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27 ON NATIONAL ARBOR DAY
8:00 a.m. The City of Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee will be planting 1 Jamaican dogwood at Spring Lake Park, 6807 Holmes Blvd., funded by a donation to Keep Manatee Beautiful.
8:45 a.m. The City of Anna Maria will be enhancing its City at 311 South Bay Blvd. with 3 green buttonwoods funded by a donation to Keep Manatee Beautiful from Modern Woodmen of America.
9:30 a.m. The City of Bradenton Beach will be planting 3 Desert Cassias at Herb Dolan Park at 2501-2599 Avenue A North.
10:15 a.m. Manatee County Government will be enhancing Coquina Public Beach with a sabal palm in the North Parking Lot on Gulf Drive just north of the handicap areas by the bus loop.
11:00 a.m. The City of Palmetto will be planting 2 oak trees at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Parking is available at the Palmetto Youth Center next door at 501 17th St. W.
12:00 p.m. (pending approval) Manatee County Government will be planting a variety of tree types in the medians of El Conquistador Parkway to replace those removed when Florida Power & Light Company installed improved utility poles. Parking is available at Wagner Realty, 3403 El Conquistador Pkwy.
1:00 p.m. The City of Bradenton will be planting slash pines, crape myrtles, Ligustrum and Azaleas at the newly created John and Rebecca Neal Park located at the intersection of 9th Avenue West and 8th Avenue Drive West. Ms. Dianne Charlton’s 5th Grade Science Students from Ballard Elementary, and Chairman Chris Gilbert, City of Bradenton Tree & Land Preservation Board will be doing a presentation on the types of trees planted and why they were chosen for this location.
Officials and groups that will be part of these Arbor Day celebrations include: city and county commission/council members and staff, Bradenton Tree and Land Preservation Board members, Bradenton Beach Scenic WAVES members, Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Board members, Keep Manatee Beautiful, Manatee County Environmental Land Management and Acquisition Advisory Committee members, Florida Forest Service representatives, and the contributors – Modern Woodmen of America and Osceola Chapter NSDAR.