Charleston Parks Conservancy and PowerPlant SC Collaborate to Offer Four Free Tree Giveaway Events to Increase Urban Tree Canopy and Manage Flooding and Urban Heat

Charleston Parks Conservancy, in partnership with Duke Energy’s PowerPlant SC initiative and with input from Charleston Tree Experts, announces a series of four tree giveaways set to take root this fall and winter. Charleston Parks Conservancy announced the relaunch of its Charleston Trees program on Arbor Day of this year to encourage businesses and residents in the City of Charleston to plant native or naturalized trees on their private property with the goal of increasing the urban tree canopy. Free tree giveaway events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Ackerman Park (55 Sycamore Ave., Charleston, South Carolina 29407), Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 12, and Feb. 9. To be eligible to receive a free tree, registration is required.

To claim a tree, City of Charleston residents are encouraged to register as soon as two weeks before each event. The tree giveaways will feature a diverse selection of small to medium and larger canopy trees. Varieties to choose from include Tulip Poplar, Sweetbay Magnolia, Southern Magnolia, Eastern Redbud, White Fringetree, and more. Charleston Tree Experts will be present on-site at each giveaway to provide valuable insights and planting demonstrations to ensure the success of every tree.

“Charleston Parks Conservancy is committed to enhancing our city’s tree canopy because trees are not just a beautiful part of our landscape; they are essential for our community’s resilience,” said Robert McCombs, Horticulturist at Charleston Parks Conservancy. “Trees play a vital role in minimizing flooding and reducing urban heat, making our city more sustainable and comfortable for everyone.”

The Conservancy will continue to educate and raise awareness about the immense benefits of the urban tree canopy. The Conservancy is honored to carry on this important work by facilitating tree giveaways, workshops, and neighborhood plantings in areas of the City with little or no tree canopy, all to encourage neighbors to extend the benefits of Charleston’s parks into their own landscapes.  

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