On Saturday, a Tree City celebration was held at Tracy Park and welcomed the community to partake in Earth Day celebrations. The event featured live music, vendors and informational booths.
Carrie Massie of the Shade Tree Commission spoke on the importance of planting trees. “They give us oxygen, they help with storm water run-off, they’re a nice place to gather, planting them around your house provides additional insulation,” Massie pointed out.
Massie and Sue Burke helped set up the event in conjunction with Kate Swords of Scioto Soil and Water Conservation District, who organized the event.
“We have partnered with the Portsmouth Tree Commission, and this is our third year with this Tree City celebration. Our goal was to share these seedlings and really just engage the public. We did a farmers market preview, and just tried to do some fun things for the community. There really wasn’t an Arbor Day or Earth Day celebration for the community in the city or county for the longest time. We thought it was time to change that. It’s just a wonderful day to get outside and interact with people,” Swords said.
The afternoon event attracted a large crowd that enjoyed the festivities and nice weather.
Reach Ivy Potter at 740-353-3101 ext. 1932