Starting today, Monday, Oct. 5, the city of Sarasota and Arbor Day Foundation are giving away 250 free trees on a first-come, first-serve basis to city residents for the annual Community Canopy Project celebration of Arbor Day.
Four species of native Florida trees are available: red maple, bald cypress, live oak and sweet bay magnolia. City residents can register for their tree here; the tree will be delivered to their door sometime in October or November.
“Our world has changed a lot in recent months, and concern about the wellbeing of residents like you comes before everything else. Something that hasn’t changed, however, is that our world still needs trees—a lot of trees—to help ensure that our communities are greener and healthier for generations to come,” the city said in a release. “Trees around homes will not only help reduce the amount of energy your home requires, but they also add to your property value, reduce your carbon footprint, improve air quality, and more effectively catch stormwater runoff.”