Lynchburg, VA

Lynchburg is helping residents embrace green living

Cheryl E Preston
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Lynchburg wants residents to care about the trees

WDBJ is reporting that Lynchburg’s Departments of Public Works and Parks & Recreation have found a way to encourage those living in the Hill City to embrace green living. DPW and P&R have coordinated an opportunity for city residents to choose from a variety of tree species they can plant, free of charge. These include "Northern Red Oak, White Oak, Fringe Tree, Chaste Tree, Sourwood and Magnolia".

This initiative is to encourage Lynchburg residents to take an active part in beautifying the neighborhoods which will enhance the entire city, Nicholas Meyer Urban Forester with the Department of Public Works had this to say.

"We are thrilled to provide residents with an opportunity to bring the beauty and benefits of trees to their neighborhoods," . "This event not only helps beautify our city but also strengthens our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability." 

The free giveaway has stipulations

Locals can obtain a free tree on Saturday, June 3, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Diamond Hill Recreation Center at 1005 17th Street. The trees will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis, but proof of residency in Lynchburg must be provided. A valid driver’s, license, state ID or utility bill is acceptable. The Virginia Department of Forestry and the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges provided part of the funding for the free trees.

The trees, according to the city, have been “carefully selected to thrive in the local climate and complement the existing flora.”The initiative is “part of the City of Lynchburg’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and fostering a greener urban landscape,” according to a city news release. This initiative aims to encourage residents to “take an active role in enhancing the beauty and environmental health of their neighborhoods.”

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