Below is a press release from the Town of Wilmington, with additional details from Wilmington Memorial Library:
WILMINGTON, MA — In Massachusetts, Arbor Day is traditionally the last Friday in April and celebrates the important role trees have in our lives while promoting tree planting and care. Arbor Day was initiated in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton of Nebraska City who stated “Other holidays focus upon the past; Arbor Day focuses on the future“.
Trees promote cleaner air and produce the oxygen we breathe. They provide habitat for wildlife, help stabilize the soil, and help keep a balanced climate. They give us paper, construction products, fuel for our fires and stoves, and countless other wood products.
The Town of Wilmington supports the statewide observance of Arbor Day as the last Friday in April — April 24, 2020. The celebration of Arbor Day represents an opportunity to take positive actions in tree care, planting to recharge the urban forest, and overall provide a general observance of the importance of trees in our community.
This year, the Friends of the Library is sponsoring a free Fraser Fir seedling giveaway in honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day. Stop by the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Wildwood Street parking lot on Wednesday April 22, 2020, from 1pm to 3pm, and Friday April 24, 2020, from 10am to 12pm, to pick up your free seedling while they last.
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