Trees go fast during Meridian Arbor Day giveaway

Trees go fast during Meridian Arbor Day giveaway


Mississippi Power employees recently helped distribute 300 free trees during the Arbor Day giveaway in Meridian.

“While national Arbor Day is in late April, Meridian holds theirs in February to align with planting season in Mississippi,” said Newton Area Manager Tommy Jackson. “There were 10 varieties of trees to select from and all 300 were given away in about an hour.

“People got to choose from apple, pear, plum, pomegranate, willow oak and others, while company employees from the meter shop, local towns and engineering were busy handing them out.”

The Meridian Tree Commission was established for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, and disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along street and in other public areas.

Retiree Duffee Williams has been on the tree board for the city for a number of years.

“Mississippi Power began providing the trees for the giveaway about three years ago,” said Williams. “These are very nice sized trees and people are thrilled to get them.”

The tree giveaway, held at St. Patrick Catholic School, was an event for all generations.

Students sang the national anthem, recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Emma Ward recited “Trees,” a poem by Joyce Kilmer. Ward is the daughter of Tripp Ward, Kemper County energy facility’s compliance team leader.

The crowd was encouraged to plant the trees at their homes and businesses.

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