Arbor Day is rooted in a concern about nature, and preserving it for the future.

The city of Franklin encouraged the growth of that concern this Saturday with its annual Arbor Day celebration in Pinkerton Park.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. families, couples, kids and dogs all were welcome. Saplings were given away, there was food, drinks, information and activities. Such as tree planting and a tree climbing.

The event is hosted each year by the Franklin Tree Commission and the Franklin Parks Department.

There was even a tutorial from a master tree climber.

Tim Kovar, from Tree Climbing Planet, showed participants the way to climb like a professional, using the rope-and-saddle method that canopy researchers do.

“Getting up into a tree, being surrounded by the branches, is just a great way to explore nature,” he said. “Not only is it just plain fun, it connects us with the natural world in a way that not many people are exposed to.”

The first Arbor Day in America was in Nebraska in 1872. Sterling Morton started it, and about a million trees were planted in April of that year. It caught on and became a national, and global, phenomenon.

For more information about trees and conservation please email parksinfo@franklintn.gov

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