NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The 23rd annual TreeFest will be held Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or while supplies last, at Independence Mall inside the JC Penney corridor.
Trees are free (a $5 donation per household is suggested) and available on a first come, first served basis. Tree species include bald cypress, black walnut, red maple, silky dogwood, sweetgum, crape myrtle, cherry bark oak, chestnut oak, live oak, white oak and longleaf pine. Indian grass will also be available. Trees are bare root and should be planted as soon as possible.
Experts will be available at TreeFest to help with tree selection and how to take care of them. Before selecting trees, residents are encouraged to consider the size of the site, whether utility lines exist above and below ground, proximity to buildings and site conditions like soil type, drainage and sun exposure.
“Our area has lost trees to recent storms and TreeFest is the perfect opportunity to get replacement trees and rebuild the tree canopy in our community,” said New Hanover County Arboretum and Cooperative Extension Director Lloyd Singleton. “Trees are important to our quality of life as well as our environment.”
TreeFest began in 1997 after hurricanes Bertha and Fran destroyed trees in the area. The annual event offers the local community a way to rebuild the local tree canopy. Trees and grasses are grown in Goldsboro, NC at the NC Forest Service Nursery, and TreeFest is made possible by a planning committee and sponsors including the NC Forest Service, NC Cooperative Extension, New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District, UNCW Department of Environmental Sciences, Wilmington Earth Day Alliance, Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, New Hanover County Parks and Gardens and Independence Mall.
For more information about TreeFest, contact Angela Pearsall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-798-7670.