Annual Arbor Day Seedling Giveaway is April 27

April 10, 2019

 

     Ashland Community and Technical College is hosting the annual Arbor Day Seedling Giveaway on its main campus on April 27.
     The event will be in the front parking lot of the College Drive Campus from 9 a.m.-noon or until all seedlings are gone.
     ACTC is partnering with Kentucky Power and the city of Ashland to giveaway the free seedlings. The trees will be pre-packaging this year, with one of each variety in each bundle. The varieties are black walnut, cypress, northern red oak, pecan, eastern redbud, persimmon, silky dogwood, grey dogwood, chestnut oak, and roughleaf dogwood.
     Additionally, limited supplies of eastern redbud, hazelnut, grey dogwood and silky dogwood will be available from Kentucky Power. These low growth trees are great for landscaping and will not grow so tall that they interfere with overhead utility wires or structures.
     “Here at ACTC we are happy to be working with the city of Ashland and Kentucky Power to give out free trees that are appropriate for our region,” said Paul Seasor, ACTC’s director of maintenance and operations. “We have picked tree varieties that will support a healthy environment in our community for years to come.”
     The Boyd County Master Gardeners and the Northeast Kentucky Beekeepers will also be on hand to provide information and education on landscaping, gardening, beekeeping and pollinator gardens.
ACTC students and employees will assist in the distribution as a service learning project.
     While this event is in celebration of National Arbor Day, ACTC is also celebrating its fourth annual Tree Campus USA recognition. Part of how ACTC’s earn that recognition is by service learning projects like the tree giveaway. Other ways the college meets Tree Campus requirements are maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan and dedicated annual expenditures for a campus tree program.