A slim trunk, hardly thicker than a person’s arm, protruded out of the ground in Central Park, held by supports and surrounded in upturned soil. The tree, a live oak, was planted by a handful
“We hope that all of you will help us remain as a Tree City by planting trees in your own yard, and helping keep the tree lined streets of Ormond Beach beautiful.” Shannon Julien, Vice President of Environmental Services, Inc.
of students from Pine Trail Elementary, with the help of City Engineer John Noble, the City Landscape Architect Paul MacDonald and Ormond Beach Mayor Ed Kelley. Each were given a shovel to pack in the dirt surrounding the sapling. The tree was donated by Yellowstone Landscape, formerly known as Austin Outdoor.
Planting a tree in Ormond Beach, for Florida’s Arbor Day, has been an ongoing tradition for over a decade. This year also marks the City’s 25th-anniversary as a Tree City USA member. As a member, the city is committed to planting plenty of trees to enhance the beauty of Ormond Beach and acknowledge the importance of this natural resource.
According to Paul MacDonald, the live oak was chosen because it is an evergreen tree and the species has a long lifespan. When fully grown, the tree will reach almost 50 feet, with branches extending in an 80 foot diameter, providing a habitat for wildlife and a shady place to rest in Central Park.