Wilmington Tree Initiative Exceeds Tree Planting Goal

The Initiative more than doubled its original goal of planting 1739 trees — an homage to the year the city was founded.

Last year, the City of Wilmington, in partnership with about a dozen other organizations, launched the Wilmington Tree Initiative with a goal of planting 1739 trees – an homage to the year Wilmington was founded – by Fall 2021.

At this year’s annual Arbor Day celebration, Mayor Bill Saffo announced the Initiative exceeded expectations by planting more than double the number of trees in about half the time.

While the work to grow the city’s urban forest continues, the Initiative has:  

  • Planted 3,066 trees.
  • Hosted three tree giveaways for a total of 4,615 trees given to the public.
  • Received more than $70,000 in corporate sponsorship and in-kind donations that go toward purchasing and planting the trees.
  • Held more than 25 tree planting events.

Learn more about the initiative and its sponsors at www.wilmingtontrees.com.

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