Arbor Day is a day where people are encouraged to plant trees. Many countries observe the holiday but the date varies depending on climate and season.
The world’s first documented arbor festival took place in the Spanish village of Mondoñedo in 1594 and the first dedicated Arbor Day was held in Nebraska in 1872. New Zealand celebrated Arbor Day for the first time in Greytown in 1890 and has celebrated it annually on June 5 since 1977.
The Christchurch City Council celebrates Arbor Day by organising community plantings in parks around the city and by supporting schools and community groups in their tree-planting activities.