The City of Brentwood was recently named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This marks the 30th year for Brentwood to receive the designation.
Brentwood achieved the Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
A few members of the Brentwood Tree Board were recognized at the Monday, March 25 City Commission meeting for their hard work in the community. Commissioners praised the group’s efforts for all the ways the group helps to educate the community about trees, maintenance, and care.
Brentwood’s annual Arbor Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 11am –1pm at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library. The day will include children’s activities, face painting, and several environmental related vendors. New this year will be an “Ask the Arborist” exhibit. The Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department will have a fire engine for kids to check out and Bradley’s Creamery food truck will pass out free ice cream til supplies last. Middle Tennessee Electric Cooperation will serve free hot dogs. Contest winners will also be announced.
About the Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.