Tree giveaway seeks to make Orlando greener

November 29, 2016 by  

The city of Orlando wants its residents to know about its free tree program.

Every household in the city is eligible to receive as many as two free trees to plant in their yard. This giveaway is part of the Arbor Day One Person/One Tree program, and anyone in the city can have a tree delivered directly to their door.

The mission is one of city beautification and environmental responsibility. If every citizen in Orlando planted just one tree, it would increase the canopy by 40%. This means higher property values, more beautiful neighborhoods, and increased shade against the bright Florida sunshine. Trees help to make homes more efficient by reducing cooling costs. They also provide oxygen and help to keep the surrounding air cleaner. Shade trees also shelter homes and reduce the amount of wear they receive from the wind, and their exposure to the rays of the sun.

The program offers several trees to choose from and planting instructions are available on the city’s website. The city will continue to offer this promotion in order to encourage more citizens to take part.

Orlando government officials could help to remind its residents of the need to be eco-conscious by offering eco-friendly products. These includes promotional One Person/One Tree gift items like reusable grocery bags and water bottles that can reduce waste and help to continue to increase the visibility of the program.