In search of shade? City offers help

THORNTON PARK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

The Thornton Park Gardening and Beautification Committee has surveyed the neighborhood, looking for spots along the streets eligible for free trees from the City of Orlando. Members looked for gaps in the tree canopy on the sides of streets without overhead power lines; full-sized trees cannot be planted below overhead utility lines.

The committee then sent letters to property owners, informing them of the City of Orlando’s One Person One Tree program — which hopes to increase the tree canopy cover of Orlando by planting trees for free — and encouraging them to request the free trees.

Improving the tree canopy helps the whole neighborhood by providing more shade along streets and sidewalks. This reduces urban heat, lowers power bills, cleans the air, provides habitats for birds and other wildlife and improves property values. A healthy, mature tree can add up to $10,000 to your home’s value, according to the City’s website, cityoforlando.net/ trees.

The next Thornton Park Neighborhood Association meeting will once again be held virtually via Zoom. You can join in on Monday, Aug. 10, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Check the association’s Facebook page and Nextdoor for the link.

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