Event continues “Right Tree – Right Place” educational campaign
The City of Norman Parks & Recreation Department has partnered with the First United Bank of Norman, Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (OEC), Grissom Landscape Nursery, and the Norman Park Foundation to give away 300 trees to residents of Norman on November 3, 2023.
As part of the Right Tree – Right Place Campaign, this event will help promote responsible planting of trees in the landscape. Residents should avoid planting in problem areas – too close to buildings, streets or sidewalks, or closer than 20 feet from a power line. Trees planted in the right place can increase property value, lower summertime electricity bills, and minimize washouts or standing water during rainstorms. The City Forester will be on site to answer any tree questions and offer advice on species and planting location options.
“We hope our Norman residents will take advantage of this free tree opportunity,” said Colin Zink, City of Norman Forester. “Trees beautify and offer an incredible amount of benefits to community members and property owners. We are looking forward to sharing information on best practices to planting, placement and more.”
The event will be held at the main entry drive to Griffin Park off of Robinson Street (1001 E. Robinson Street). Distribution will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 4 p.m., or until all trees are given away. The trees are in 5-gallon containers. Species available include: Brandywine Maple, Shumard Oak, Prairiefire Crabapple, and Little Gem Magnolia. Tree varieties cannot be reserved in advance; trees will be given away on a first come-first served basis. To receive a tree, please provide a utility bill or state-issued ID showing a Norman address and only one tree per address.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled and posted to normanok.gov. Questions may be directed to 405.366.5476.