2014 Arbor Day Celebration To Be Held At The Glass House Collective

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Chattanooga Tree Commission will celebrate Arbor Day at the Glass House Collective with the ceremonial planting of a single tree on Friday, March 7, at 2 p.m.

This is the first of more than 20 trees that will be installed as part of a streetscapes project aimed at revitalizing the East Chattanooga neighborhood. A representative from the Tennessee Division of Forestry will certify Chattanooga as a Tree City community for the 24thconsecutive year. The Good Neighbor Network will formally accept the trees.

The public is invited to attend.

On the following day, Saturday, March 8, beginning at 10 a.m., the remaining trees will be planted by volunteers. Anybody wishing to participate in the Saturday planting event will be welcomed. All necessary tools and trees will be provided.


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