The city of Harrogate recently celebrated its 13th year as a certified Tree City, a national program that recognizes communities that have an urban forestry program that promotes the importance of trees and their proper care.
To qualify as a Tree City, Harrogate must maintain an active tree board and tree care ordinance, provide funding for tree planting and maintenance, and have an Arbor Day observance.
This year’s Arbor Day activities included co-hosting the annual Tennessee Arbor Day tree seedling giveaway along with the Claiborne County Soil Conservation District and the Harrogate Garden Club.
The tree board also facilitated an annual Arbor Day poster contest that involved 182 students from across Claiborne County, and an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony at Forge Ridge School.
Some ongoing projects the Tree Board is working on includes replacing several trees along the Daniel Boone Arboretum, replacing tree identification signs, and getting the Daniel Boone Greenway extended to Cumberland Gap High School.