There's great news for tree lovers and the local environment. The Community Tree Grant Program is providing up to $300 to homeowners and business owners for the restoration of tree cover along streets and parks in old town Mount Dora west of U.S. 441. Mount Dora Friends of the Environment, a local non-profit, has a goal to plant 100 trees across the city utilizing this grant program and other donations from the community. The program was made possible with a $25,000 donation and will continue until the funds runs out.
The purchaser is responsible for any tree maintenance, expenses, and irrigation after it has been planted. Maintenance will include watering each tree 15-20 gallons every day for the first year unless it receives at least one inch of rain.
Trees beautify communities, improve air quality, and help to capture stormwater and reduce runoff, plus studies show that they also increase property values, reduce heating and cooling costs, and improve human health.
Residents and business owners can apply for the grant by emailing MountDoraEnvironment@gmail.com. The location of tree, tree size and species must be reviewed and approved by Mount Dora Friends of the Environment and Mount Dora Community Trust.Once approved, the tree can be delivered and planted in front of your home or business.