Hundreds of Yoshino cherry trees will be given away Friday, thanks to the Fickling Family Foundation.
The saplings -- about 1,500 of them -- will be given away first come, first served at Riverside Ford, located at 2089 Riverside Drive, beginning at 9 a.m.
The late Bill Fickling Sr. started the tradition years ago. The foundation bought the saplings, and the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission will be giving them away.
There are more than 300,000 cherry trees growing across Macon-Bibb County. Many of them have aged and are beginning to die.
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Planting the saplings -- this time of year is a good time -- is a good way to help replenish the cherry tree stock over time, the commission said.
During the Cherry Blossom Festival, the commission will be selling large trees at Central City Park.