March 17, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) — Trees Across Raleigh, Inc., will hold its Spring Planting on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. until noon – but this time the event will also be a festival, complete with entertainment and food.
According to the organizers, the group will plant 250 trees in partnership with the city’s NeighborWoods program, whose goal is to plant 2,000 trees annually. Volunteers for the Spring Planting will assist with planting street trees in the adjoining neighborhoods opposite the Boys Club on Raleigh Boulevard and the neighborhood west of N State street near St. Augustine’s College.
The group will gather behind the Boys Club at MiIburnie and Raleigh Boulevard. Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker will speak at 9:30 while doughnuts and juice are served. Break-dancers, a graffiti wall, and SPCA animals will also take part in the festivities. After the tree planting, 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh will provide barbecue sandwiches and side dishes.
Volunteers are advised to wear colorful, old clothes and gloves, and bring their own shovels and rakes if possible. Parking will be available at the Mary Phillips High School, 1023 Milburnie Road, around the corner from the Boys Club. Volunteers are also asked to bring completed Release From Liability forms, which are available at http://www.treesacrossraleigh.org/volunteer.htm.
Sponsors for the Spring Planting are R.E.I., Taylor’s Nursery, and 42nd Street Oyster Bar.
Started in June of 1996, Trees Across Raleigh, Inc., is a non-profit corporation dedicated to planting trees in public rights-of-way, along public medians and in public parks for the benefit of all Raleigh residents. For more information, visit www.treesacrossraleigh.org.
About Trees Across Raleigh, Inc.
By planting trees with community citizen volunteers, Trees Across Raleigh seeks to improve the City of Raleigh’s appearance, foster greater community pride and promote economic development throughout the city. In the aftermath of Hurricane Fran, the need for trees for the sake of the city’s appearance and environmental health had never been greater. Demonstrations of proper tree-planting techniques not only show volunteers how to plant on these sites but also how to plant yard trees. For more information, go to www.treesacrossraleigh.org.