Here's news that might bring a smile to your face this holiday season.
A local dentist is giving away young trees for free this week.
Garland Forbes will be donating pine tree seedlings to the public in an event at the New Port Richey Public Library on Friday, Dec. 7.
Forbes is an endodontist specializing in root canals. He is campaigning to get folks to get folks to plant pine trees. The Friday giveaway is part of his “Plant 1,000 Trees Before You Die” campaign.
Over the course of his life, Forbes has planted 15,000 trees. He concentrates on the longleaf pine, which is the oldest and most common pine trees in Florida. Forbes has received recognition for his work from Congressman Gus Bilirakis and local chambers of commerce, civic groups, various media outlets and New Port Richey city officials.
Forbes, dubbed "Gary Pinetree," has medical offices in New Port Richey and Dunedin.
Want a tree to plant? Visit the New Port Richey Public Library at 5939 Main St. on Friday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.