Leominster’s Growing Places is planning two events to celebrate Arbor Day


LEOMINSTER – Growing Places, a non-profit organization focused on improving access to fresh, local food and promoting environmental sustainability, is set to hold two events to celebrate Arbor Day .

In a statement, the organization said both events will promote the Massachusetts Greening the Gateway Cities program, which aims to increase the number of trees planted in gateway cities across the state.

On Friday, April 29, the organization will host an information session at the Leominster Public Library, offering details and books on the Greening the Gateway Cities program, proper tree care, and the benefits of particular trees. Coloring pages will also be available for the children present.

Next, from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, the organization will also host an event as part of “Bringing Light to the Environment: Light Fest” on Fitchburg’s Upper Common.

Those who attend will be able to participate in a joint artistic activity with phosphorescent chalk. Representatives from Growing Places will also be on hand to answer any questions regarding the Greening the Gateway Cities program.

Under the Greening the Gateway Cities program, residents and business owners located in special planting zones can order free trees to be planted on their properties by local specialists and foresters, if they agree to water the tree for the next two years. Those who attend can sign up for a free tree at either event.

According to Growing Places, over the past four years the Greening the Gateway Cities program has planted 2,735 trees in Leominster. The goal is to plant an additional 2,400 trees in Fitchburg.

To see if you or your business is in the planting zone, visit https://bit.ly/3Lqxovp or https://bit.ly/3Lu3yWG.

For more information on Growing Places, visit growplaces.org.

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