Middletown celebrates Arbor Day

Middletown celebrates the 151st Anniversary of Arbor Day and the 51st anniversary of the Arbor Day foundation with an event today.

At 1 pm, guests are invited to a ceremonial planting of a Cherokee Dogwood Tree along Main Street, across from the Wayside Inn and Larrick’s Tavern.

The tree, which was donated by Meadows Farms of Winchester, will be planted to honor Marine Corps Veteran and Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Winsome Earle-Sears.

She is a native of Frederick County and will be attending the event.

Stick around following the tree planting for a special surprise.

The event will be held rain or shine.

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Front Royal celebrates Earth Day and Arbor Day

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The Town of Front Royal is preparing for their Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration tomorrow from 10 am to 3 pm hosted by the Environmental Sustainability Committee at the Gazebo.

The event will feature over 40 local environmental and conservation organizations to engage with, an electric vehicle display, plant sales and giveaways, a ceremonial tree planting and activities for kids like a petting zoo.

Visitors will learn more about green infrastructure, explore new ways to engage with the great outdoors, and celebrate our planet.

The House of Hope will also hold their Empty Bowl Supper during the celebration at the Main Street  Pavilion behind the Gazebo.

Many local restaurants supply the soup and a handmade bowl comes with each purchase with bowl painting being held at Explore Art and Clay at 501 E Main Street.

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Winchester retains Tree City USA status

The City of Winchester was named part of Tree City USA for the 40th year.

The Tree City USA program helps communities with their four step framework to maintain and grow tree cover.

Those steps include maintaining a tree board, having a community tree ordinance, spending $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

Some benefits of becoming a Tree City include up to 40% absorption of traffic sounds, 25% reduction in energy costs by shading buildings and shielding them from wind, rising property values, and absorption of carbon dioxide to combat climate change.

Residents can help Winchester’s status by participating in the Adopt- A-Tree or the Right Tree Right Place program and stopping the spread of Spotted Lanternflies.

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Winchester receives grants for 102 trees

The City of Winchester received $22k in grants to plant 102 trees.

The Virginia Department of Forestry awarded $6,700  to plant 50 large-maturing trees in Jim Barnett Park and the Audubon Arboretum as part of the Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant Program.

Another grant of $15,000 was awarded by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges to plant 52 trees in areas that are disproportionately impacted by high urban temperatures.

Some trees will be planted as part of Winchester’s Arbor Day celebration coming up on October 21.

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