Richmond to celebrate Arbor Day with community tree planting

Volunteers invited to tree planting event in Richmond
Photo: Richmond Trees

Richmond Trees is kicking off the planting season on Saturday, Oct. 19, with the City of Richmond’s annual Arbor Day Event.

Volunteers are invited to Burg Park at 2910 Clinton Ave from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and tools will be provided. Wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves if you have them.

Attendees are asked to arrive at 8:30 a.m. to register and enjoy coffee. 

They will participate in a tree planting demonstration at 9:10 a.m. and will then head off to plant trees in the neighborhood at 9:30 a.m.

Volunteers will return to Burg Park at 11:30 a.m. for speeches and a lunch.

When Richmond Trees held its first Arbor Day Event, it was in the North & East Neighborhood in 2011. Burg Park is the site where a tree is planted in memory of Teri Katz, one of the inspirational founders of Richmond Trees, a grassroots organization of citizens who envision a healthy and cared-for urban forest covering at least 40 percent of the city.

“Since [2011], we have planted around 600 street trees in Richmond,” the organization says. “There is still plenty of work to do, but it is certainly gratifying to travel around the neighborhood and reminisce about the trees we planted, the adopters we met, and all the fun we’ve had so far.”