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Community Canopy program returns; Registration for free trees starts April 23

Post Date:04/16/2018 9:04 AM

Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager   941-954-2613


Community Canopy program returns;
Registration for free trees starts April 23

 Sarasota, FL:  The Community Canopy program, which gives away free trees to help expand the urban canopy while reducing energy bills, will return to the City of Sarasota Monday, April 23.  In partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, the City will provide 235 trees to residents at no cost.   Community Canopy

Starting April 23 at midnight, City residents can reserve their free tree at  One tree per household can be reserved. The tree will be delivered to the house in a one gallon container.

On the website, residents can use a calculator tool to estimate the annual energy savings from planting a tree in the most strategic location on their property. Participants are expected to care for the tree and plant it in the location specified by the online tool.

Five species of trees will be offered:

  • Chickasaw plum
  • Crape myrtle
  • Red maple
  • Shumard oak
  • Sweetbay magnolia 

 All the species are native, locally sourced trees.

“This is a popular program and the trees are claimed quickly,” said Sustainability Manager Stevie Freeman-Montes.  “So, we encourage residents who are interested to reserve their tree online as soon as possible starting April 23.”

In addition, 35 trees will be given away during two community events on Friday, April 20:

  • Earth Day
    Selby Five Points Park – 1 Central Avenue
    11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Newtown Farmers Market
    Economic Development Office – 1782 Dr. MLK Jr. Way
    Tree Giveaway:  Noon – 5 p.m.

The trees at the Newtown Farmers Market and Earth Day celebration will be the same species as the Community Canopy program (listed above), but in larger, 5-gallon containers. 

This is the third Community Canopy tree giveaway for the City.  Including this round, over 600 trees will have been given away to bolster the urban canopy and help with climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

To see a flyer on the Community Canopy program click here.

The program is funded by the City’s tree replacement fund, which collects a portion of tree removal permit dollars to be used for urban canopy protection programs.  A grant from the Florida Forest Service enabled the City to double the number of trees given away this time.

For more information, contact Stevie Freeman-Montes, Sustainability Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 4202.




About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year-round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaFL.Gov