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HRM giving away about 1,000 trees

A selection of tree varieties will be available, including a limited number of edible fruit trees
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The Halifax Regional Municipality will be giving away around 1,000 trees at two upcoming events.

Half will be handed out this Saturday, October 1 in the north end at the MacIntosh Depot on Bayne Street (use the MacKintosh Street entrance), and the other 500 will be offered up on Saturday October 8 at 26 Cherry Brook Road.

Both events start at 9 a.m. until supplies last

A selection of varieties will be available -- including red oak, red maple, yellow birch, sugar maple and white spruce, along with a limited number of edible fruit trees -- on a first come-first served basis. There's a limit of one per household or community space.

Those interested are encouraged to check HRM's website for tips on how to choose a planting location and how to care for their trees. HRM says they're not to be planted on municipal property.

Both giveaways are being held in transit-friendly locations. HRM says you can even get a barrier bag for transport and take the trees home on a Halifax Transit.

"Through tree planting, we reduce carbon, reduce water runoff, improve infiltration, and reduce the effects of urban area heat islands while offering shade and places of reprieve," HRM added in a news release.

Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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