City to host cleanup event, tree giveaway April 20 in honor of Earth Day

Photo: Courtesy, City of Fayetteville

The city will celebrate Earth Day with a community-wide cleanup and tree giveaway event, officials announced this week.

The celebration is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 at the Marion Orton Recycling Center, located at 755 W. North St.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan will kick off the event with a proclamation and recognition of the 2024 Environmental Stewardship Awards. After that, volunteers will be given supplies and a cleanup destination, and will return with trash and recyclables to be sorted, officials said.

“This is a family-friendly citywide cleanup of our parks, lakes, streams, trails and streets,” said Kristina Jones, volunteer and ecological programs coordinator. “If you have a special spot you’ve been wanting to steward, now is your chance!”

After the cleanup, a tree giveaway will be held from 12-2 p.m. on the Razorback Greenway trail adjacent to the recycling center. The city’s Urban Forestry staff will give way 250 saplings to local residents (limit two per person). Species of trees that will be given away include Red chokeberry, Chestnut oak, Shortleaf pine, Redbud, Tulip tree, Willow oak, Black gum, Hornbeam tree, and Red oak.

The event will be held rain or shine, though it could be delayed in the event of severe weather.

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