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October 20, 2014

TreesCharlotte Kicks Off Winter Planting Season

Winter planting season is underway, and hundreds of trees will be installed over the course of the fall and winter. TreeStores events in Burtonwood and Park Ridge got things off to a robust start as dozens of residents participated and almost 250 trees were given away. Another TreeStore egirl-and-trees-truck-bedvent was held the following weekend at Ranson Middle School. At TreeStore events, residents stop by and pick up trees to take home and plant.

Residents enjoyed “shopping for trees” at both locations where six to eight different tree species were offered, including Japanese Maple, Redbud, White Fringetree, Witchhazel, Purple Leaf Plum, Magnolia, Crimson Sunset Maple, Cleopatra Camellia, Japanese Apricot and Baby Blue American Snowbell.

“I was surprised at how big the trees were, and the wonderful selection,” said a longtime resident of the Burtonwood neighborhood. Others were pleased to receive detailed tree-planting instructions and a bag of mulch for each tree.

Upcoming events include:

  • Saturday, Oct. 25: TreeStorePlaza Midwood Neighborhood
  • Friday, Oct. 31: TreeDay at Croft Community School
  • Saturday, Nov. 1: TreeDay at Sugar Creek Charter School
  • Saturday, Nov. 8: TreeDay at Oakbrooke Neighborhood
  • Saturday, Dec. 6: TreeDay/TreeStore at Garinger High School
  • Saturday, Feb. 7: Stewardship event at Waddell Language Academy
  • Sunday, Feb. 8: TreeDay at Hebrew Cemetery
  • Saturday, Feb. 21: TreeDay at J.W. Grier Academy
  • Saturday, Feb. 28: TreeDay at Buckleigh neighborhood
  • Saturday, March 7: TreeDay/TreeStore at Highland Mill, Villa Heights and NoDa
  • Friday, March 13: TreeDay at Community House School
  • Saturday, March 21: TreeDay at Madison Park @Wallace Farms and Sinclair Place
  • Saturday, Mach 28: TreeDay at Philip O Berry Academy
  • Saturday, April 18: TreeDay at Brightwalk and Anita Stroud Park

The TreeStores events are part of a comprehensive TreesCharlotte initiative called NeighborWoods, which will plant more than 5,000 trees in neighborhoods and school campuses this year. Established in 2012, TreesCharlotte is a public/private partnership and the driving force behind the bold initiative of achieving 50% tree canopy coverage by 2050. TreesCharlotte works to address the City’s tree loss from development, protect its urban forests and native species, create new green space and educate residents on tree care.