HOLYOKE, Mass (WWLP) – The City of Holyoke is kicking off the start of the spring planting season by planting trees.
Holyoke is participating in the Greening the Gateway Cities Program that starts Tuesday and goes until June 28.
Trees are provided to residents and business owners, free of charge, and are planted by Department of Conservation and Recreation work crews.
The program aims to plant 812 more trees in the City of Holyoke to reduce energy use in urban neighborhoods by lowering heating and cooling costs. This will add to the 1,588 trees that have already been planted within the community.
GGCP specifically targets areas with a lower tree canopy, older housing stock, higher wind speeds, and larger renter populations. In addition, plantings are concentrated in Environmental Justice neighborhoods to benefit those most in need.
“By increasing the tree canopy within urban communities, the Baker-Polito Administration is able to improve air quality, reduce energy consumption, and further beautify neighborhoods,” DCR Commissioner Leo Roy said.
The spring planting season is April 16 to June 28 and the fall planting season is September 2 to November 16.
To be eligible, residents and property owners must agree to a two-year watering commitment to ensure the trees’ survival. Easy care instructions are provided by DCR to tree recipients.
To find out if you are in the planting zone and order a free tree, property owners and residents should call 617-626-1473 or visit MAUrbanCanopy.org. For more information, please visit the program’s webpage.