Delray Beach Hosts Tree Giveaway and Resource Fair at Pompey Park

DELRAY BEACH — City resident Dara Charson was all smiles Saturday morning as she wore her new splash pin in the Pompey Park parking lot.

Charson was one of many Delray Beach residents who came to the park Saturday for a resource fair and tree giveaway hosted by the city and some of its community partners.

The 250 native and fruit trees provided by Community Greening were all claimed by noon on a first-come, first-served basis.

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“We loved the opportunity to help spruce up our neighborhood,” Charson said. “Community Greening is a wonderful organization…I’ve been to a few events they’ve hosted over the years and I’m always thrilled to see the work they do for all of our local communities.”

Planting instructions hang from a slash pine during a tree giveaway at Pompey Park in Delray Beach, Florida on September 10, 2022.

Residents of the event were allowed to take home two trees each. The selection included limbo okra, guava, mango, live oak, Simpson’s cap, soursop, splash pine and loquat.

Charson left with an oak and pine tree to add to the landscape of her rental property.

“[The] owner is very open to improving the landscaping of the property, so we plan to plant them here and add to the greenery of the neighborhood,” Charson said. “We are always excited to support [Community Greening] while continuing to give back and support our local communities. »

Community Greening is involved in an ongoing effort with the City of Delray Beach to plant 10,000 trees by 2025 and was named “Nonprofit of the Year” by the city’s Chamber of Commerce in 2019.

The non-profit organization also tracks its trees. At its tree giveaways, like the one at the Delray Resource Fair this weekend, residents enter their addresses and the tree species they received into an iPad. This information is connected to a database called Tree Plotter, which anyone can use to see where new trees are planted.

A tweet from the City of Delray Beach, inviting residents to its Community Resource Fair.

Delray Beach also hosted several community organizations during the Community Greening Tree Giveaway competition.

The horseshoe tent tops next to the Pompey Park sports fields had tables for community partners such as the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, CROS Ministries, Delray Beach Parks and Recreation, Habitat for humanity of South Palm Beach County and more.

Lianna Norman covers northern Palm Beach County for the Palm Beach Post. You can reach her at [email protected] You can follow her social media reporting @LiannaNorman on Twitter.

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