Earlier this month, the Department of Public Works distributed more than 150 Okame Cherry Trees to Union Township residents, free of charge. Trees were distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Public Works facility.
“Providing residents with Cherry Trees is a great way to replace the trees that sometimes have to be removed during the improvements, repaving, and reconstruction of our streets and roadways,” said Mayor Manny Figueiredo. “We want to provide trees to residents who want them and will care for them so they survive and thrive for years to come.”
An arborist was also available at the distribution to answer questions about how to care for the tree, and every resident was given a handout with specific instructions on how to care for the resilient tree.
“Okame Cherry Trees are hardy trees that are best known for their beautiful flowers in early spring,” said Louis Ulrich, Superintendent of Public Works. “When Township residents expressed a desire for more trees in their neighborhoods, we responded by putting together a program that provided trees they could care for and nurture. The feedback has been positive, so we plan on doing it again next year.”
The tree giveaway is just one part of the Township’s commitment to planting more trees. This Fall season, 250 more trees will be planted in neighborhoods throughout the Township.
For more information on the Township’s trees plating efforts, please call 908-686-1922.