Nov 23, 2015

Back to Nature Expands Holiday Tree Giveaway – Donates 5000 Trees to NJ Kids & Families

Back to Nature Home and Garden is giving new meaning to the traditional Holiday Giving Tree. In the garden center’s spirit of giving, the tree itself is the gift—both to children and the environment—and Back to Nature is inviting children and their families to participate this holiday season.

During its Holiday Tree Giveaway event, November 27 – December 24, Back to Nature is donating 5,000 free evergreens to local communities in central New Jersey and inviting children to experience the joy of decorating them in their Santa’s Workshop located at their garden center. In exchange, Back to Nature is asking them to commit to planting the live Spruces in their yards next spring as a lesson in sustainability and the importance of giving back to the Earth.

Click here to see CBS 2 News Coverage from last years Tree Giveaway

“This is the perfect season to give back to our local communities while educating children on the importance of giving back to the environment,” said Anthony Sblendorio, owner of Back to Nature, a garden center and ecologically-minded landscape design/build firm. “Our area tree population is still recovering from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, and with the new threat of the Emerald Ash Borer, we need to continue to support our environment.”

The Emerald Ash Borer has killed more than 25 million trees in the United States. The destructive pest was first found in New Jersey in Somerset County in 2014 and has since spread to six counties.

New for 2015 – Prize of 100 Free Trees Offered to the “Greenest” Town

The stakes are higher for the second annual Holiday Tree Giveaway, as Back to Nature has introduced a challenge to local municipalities: the town whose residents claim and pledge to plant the most trees will win another 100 shade trees for a public restoration or beautification project.

“The challenge is a fun way to involve the towns and their residents,” said Sblendorio. “Everyone is very excited about it and some of the towns have already identified projects that would benefit from the free trees.”

“Living trees are gifts that keep on giving,” continued Sblendorio. “Kids love the whole experience of decorating holiday trees and they will have so much fun planting them in the spring.”

Everyone is invited to participate in the Holiday Tree Giveaway by stopping by Back to Nature during their regular business hours. The Home and Garden Center is transformed for the Holiday Season into a festive Santa’s workshop and winter wonderland holiday shopping boutique. Visitors are invited to enjoy s’mores, refreshments and browse for environmentally-friendly, artisan-crafted housewares, gifts and more.

Click here to check out the Courier News coverage of last year’s event