Earth Day Free Tree Giveaway 2022

BROKEN BOW—Earth Day and Arbor Day are recognized in the month of April and to celebrate, the Simple Living Discussion Group is hosting its annual free tree giveaway this week.

All are welcome to call or text Polly at 253-326-3104 to reserve a tree to be picked up on Friday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Broken Bow City Square.

The public is invited to reserve a tree and trees will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit is one per person.

The tree giveaway is made possible thanks to funding provided by Thrivent Financial.

Polly Blackburn told KCNI/KBBN why she thinks planting trees is important.

“[Planting trees] it’s more important than ever because trees actually prevent the earth from drying out. Some people have this idea that trees aren’t good in a drought area because they take up too much water, but it’s actually the opposite is true. The more trees you have the more moisture your soil is going to have, the more shades it’s going to provide,” Blackburn said.

Blackburn said all trees are good, but she recommends planting edible fruit trees, native trees, and habitat trees and avoiding non-native or exotic trees.

For this year’s giveaway, the Simple Living Discussion Group is offering a variety of apple, plum, serviceberry, bald cypress, hazelnut, and sand cherry trees/shrubs.

Depending on availability, some trees might also be available for Arbor Day on Friday, April 29.