Harford to celebrate Arbor Day

A large crowd of all ages participated in Harford County's 2012 observance of Arbor Day. This year's tree planting will be Friday morning near Edgewood Elementary School. (AEGIS FILE PHOTO, Homestead Publishing / March 26, 2013)

The Harford County Department of Planning & Zoning has once again organized a tree planting project to be held this Friday, March 29, in honor of Arbor Day. 

This year's event will take place on the grounds of Edgewood Elementary School and the adjacent Boys & Girls Club, located at 2000 Cedar Drive in Edgewood, beginning at 9 a.m.

Individuals, groups, businesses, and organizations who would like to help plant trees during this year's celebration event are welcome.

The event will start with a welcome to volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors and the reading of an Arbor Day Proclamation by the county executive or his representative, followed by a ceremonial tree planting. 


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Then the real fun begins! Participants will be planting a buffer consisting of approximately 500 seedlings along with 127 street trees approximately 4-6 feet in height.

"Urban trees beautify and enhance local communities and provide environmental benefits by filtering air, shading and cooling adjacent buildings and paved areas, and by absorbing stormwater runoff," explains Betsey Greene, a county planner and organizer of this year's event.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring work boots, gloves, a hammer for driving in tree shelter stakes and a shovel. In addition to the tree planting project, there will be displays by county and area environmental divisions, groups and organizations. There also will be demonstrations, plus a free tree seedling and free lunch for all volunteers. 

If you or your organization is interested in helping with this event and would like further information or to register, contact Greene at 410-638-3103 or by e-mail at eagreene@harfordcountymd.gov