Saturday, October 2, 2010 marked the 24th annual celebration of Arbor Day in Norfolk. Arbor Day represents Norfolk’s commitment to nurture and protect the environment while enabling residents to do the same.
Members of the JASE team were proud to attend the Celebrate! Trees program which unveiled its newest initiative in the Lafayette Park just outside the Norfolk Zoological Park. The event was held just beside the park at the Ernie Morgan Center located at 3500 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA at 10:00am. Lafayette Park is the city’s oldest park and has been around for over 100 years.
Hosting the event were Mayor Paul D. Fraim, the Council of the City of Norfolk and the Arbor Day Committee. Council members included Theresa Whibley, Barclay Winn and Vice Mayor Anthony Burfoot.
The Arbor Day celebration is held each year in the month of October to recognize the area’s prime planting season, October 15 to March 31. The cool weather conditions during this time allow for root establishment.
In addition to the tree planting, attendees were given a free native tree seedling, free admission into the Virginia Zoo from 10:30am-12:00pm and nature activities for children.
This year’s Arbor Day celebration also included the dedication of the City’s second “Living Legacy Grove.” Living Legacy Groves use donations from residents and businesses to establish planned groupings of native trees and plants. The first grove was planted in Lakewood Park in March 2010 in partnership with the Elizabeth River Project and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
JASE is a very proud supporter of Norfolk’s Annual Arbor Day Tree Planting, the Celebrate! Trees program, the Elizabeth River Project, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Keep Norfolk Beautiful.