By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The City of Philadelphia celebrated Arbor Day Friday as it does every year, by planting trees and shrubs.

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The shovels were going full speed outside Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philly as volunteers planted a variety of trees and rose bushes.

“We’re here to celebrate Tree Philly which is a great citywide initiative to really engage local residents around the importance of planting trees,” says Katherine Ott-Lovell, ex. director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

She says the event also features a tree giveaway.

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Joe Gasiewski came in from Overbrook to snap up three trees.

“We got two Easter Red Buds and a Black Gum. We’re actually picking up one of the Red Buds for our neighbor, they lost a tree in the storm so they’re trying to replenish. So [we’re] trying to make Overbrook a little greener, still,” Gasiewski explains.

The Tree Philly program has given away nearly 10,000 trees in recent years as part of a campaign by the Nutter Administration to improve the city’s tree canopy.

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