While we may take advantage of Boston's urban forest, it is important to remember that we have so many reasons to help it grow. Not only do trees have aesthetic appeal, they also provide oxygen, give shade on hot summer days, improve air and water quality, and offset our carbon emissions.
This past Saturday, The Trustees of Reservation and Greenovate Boston partnered to celebrate Arbor Day with a city-wide day of greening. Over 250 community members came together to build stronger support around tree care and open space maintenance in the city. Here are some of the highlights from Boston's Arbor Day activities:
Olmsted Park received some TLC from ten generous companies, donating over $30,000 in labor to trim trees and plant some new ones:
Those winter snow shoveling muscles came in handy as volunteers dug up dirt to plant trees at Nira Rock, Boston Nature Center, Symphony Road Community Garden, and Kittredge Square Park:
The clean up crews at Mozart Park, Franklin Park, and Monterrey Hilltop made way for the Spring and Summer foliage:
Volunteers also rolled up their sleeves to mulch the Back Bay Fens and Fenway Victory Gardens. Lastly, to thank everyone for their hard work, the Arbor Day Festival kicked off with food trucks and a DJ at Franklin Park:
A big [green] thumbs up to all the volunteers who dedicated over 850 total hours this Arbor Day to rake, mulch, remove invasive species, plant trees, and clean up Boston parks!