2023 Abingdon Tree Giveaway

2023 Abingdon Tree Giveaway

The Town of Abingdon hosted its Third Tree Give Away event on November 4, 2023.    White Dogwood, Eastern Redbud, Sugar Maple, Swamp White Oak, and Black Oak (donated to the event from the American Chestnut Foundation farm in nearby Meadowview, VA) were the available species.   Registration for the event in October was beyond our expectations as within 24 hours, 279 people registered for over 1,300 trees.   Without a grant from the Virginia Dept. of Forestry Trees for Clean Water grant program, not all of the registrations could have been accepted.    Members of the Abingdon Tree Commission and Sustain Abingdon were on hand on 11/4 to hand out the trees.   Each registrant receiving trees also received a bag of cypress mulch and a packet with tree planting and tree care information.  At the end of the event, over 61% of the registrants had come to pick up their trees.   Any unclaimed trees at the end of the event were handed out to the individuals who were on hand in case any additional trees were available. Partnering with the Tree Commission to ensure the event was a success included the Town of Abingdon, Trees Virginia, VA Dept of Forestry, Sustain Abingdon, and Ballad Health (Johnston Memorial Hospital) as well as several individual donations.