NEC member Unitil recently hosted a tree giveaway for customers in Kingston, NH. The First Annual Tree Giveaway included games and raffles, as well as important tips for tree-planting.
The company gave away trees to customers whose trees had been cut down to prevent power line problems. Unitil has been working on its storm resiliency program for three years, meeting with customers about removing dead or diseased trees that threatened power lines. The tree giveaway was one way of helping customers restore trees to their yards without threatening power lines. The company raffled off 25 trees in addition to those given as replacements. There were arborists on hand to help customers pick which trees would be good for their yards and an online program from the National Arbor Day Foundation, which provided the trees, helped customers decide the best place to put trees so they wouldn’t interfere with power lines.
“It’s about the right tree, right place. Different trees are great for different parts of your property. Lower growing ones might be better in the vicinity of your lines. Larger ones that generate shade you put them on the right side of your house and they can save you on energy,” said Unitil spokesman Alec O’Meara.
The New England Council commends Unitil for its efforts to ensure the beauty of New Hampshire neighborhoods while still ensuring their continued access to power lines.