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Posted on: April 22, 2022

Volunteers Needed for Record Tree-Planting Effort May 6

Edina, Minn., April 19, 2022 – Edina needs volunteers to help with what’s believed to be the most ambitious public tree-planting event in City history.

Those volunteers, Park Maintenance staff and the Tree Trust will plant 200 trees of 22 different species in Rosland Park on a single day. 

“Everyone is welcome, even if they’ve never planted before. We’ll teach them how to plant a tree,” said City Forester Luther Overholt.

The Friday, May 6, event kicks off the NextGen Trees effort to plant 1,000 trees across Edina by the end of 2023. Other upcoming events include tree and compost giveaways to Edina residents.

To make the Rosland Park planting easier, soil will be loosened in advance with an auger so digging each hole and planting will require less work. Shovels and other equipment will be provided.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Tasks will vary from digging to carrying trees to watering. After planting, volunteers will lay down compost created from the City’s curbside organics program to help the trees thrive. 

Volunteers must register in advance at bit.ly/37PdxXE or through the event link on the volunteer events page at Treetrust.org. Planting begins at 10 a.m. and is expected to run through 1 p.m., followed by final tasks and cleanup until about 3 p.m. Volunteers can show up for all or part of the event. Arrive as early in the work window as possible and check in at the pavilion by the playground of Rosland Park, 4300 W. 66th St. Please bring gloves and wear closed-toed shoes.

For more information, contact Overholt at LOverholt@EdinaMN.gov or 952-826-0308.


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