Lewes is hosting a tree planting festival on April 26

The City of Lewes has been honored with a 2023 Tree City USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation.

This is the 23rd year in a row that Lewes has received the title. The city earned Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board commissioner, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor celebration and proclamation Day. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

To celebrate Arbor Day in Lewes, the city will host a tree planting demonstration at Monroe Avenue and Freeman Highway on Friday, April 26 at 8 a.m. Sussex Tree Inc. will plant a willow oak. Jeff Meredith, an ISA-certified arborist and owner of Sussex Tree Inc., will lecture on proper tree planting, maintenance and care. Everyone is welcome to attend this informative, free event.

The City of Lewes passed a resolution in 2021 to increase the city’s forest density from 34.2% to 38% over the next ten years. To monitor progress toward that goal, the city maintains a tree inventory program called ArborScope. Communities are known to face challenges in air quality, water resources, personal health and mental well-being, energy resources, and protection from flooding and extreme heat. Trees benefit communities by protecting land from erosion caused by wind and water, by providing habitat for wildlife, producing oxygen and cleaning the air, and by improving and beautifying local areas.