In Belated Earth Day Celebration, County to Give Away Seedling Trees on Friday, Saturday

Mark Hostutler

COVID-19 may have forced the cancelation of Earth Day celebrations back in April, but taking care of the environment and preserving the planet is a year-round goal in Chester County.

As a result, Earth Day celebrations are continuing into the fall, as the Chester County Conservation District and Chester County Parks & Preservation give away seedling trees to county residents.

Tree giveaways on Friday, Oct. 16 will take place simultaneously from 12-5 PM at Willowdale Veterinary Center in Kennett Square and at Warwick County Park near Pottstown.

A second tree giveaway will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 AM-2 PM at Exton Park.

“Chester County’s recognition of Earth Day 2020 earlier this year was planned to be bigger than ever before, with events and volunteer opportunities happening throughout the region,” said Chris Strohmaier, Director of the Chester County Conservation District. “But the COVID-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home orders in April prevented all public events from taking place. So, rather than cancel, Chester County reorganized and rescheduled some of the celebrations, including this tree giveaway.”

A variety of trees will be available, including a mix of maples, birches, redbuds, poplars, sycamores, and oaks. The trees are available while supplies last with a limit of one tree per family.