NeighborWoods Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
On Oct. 12, volunteers planted 60 trees to mark the tenth anniversary of NeighborWoods, the City of Raleigh neighborhood street tree planting program.
To commemorate the NeighborWoods tenth anniversary, Wayne Schindler, parks superintendent and Kimberly Siran, vice-chair, Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board joined in planting tree number 14,246 in John Chavis Memorial Park. Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources staff were joined by volunteers from Girl Scout Troop 1036, Girl Scout Troop 326, Raleigh Charter High School Key Club, Millbrook High School Key Club, Haven House, Whole foods and area residents to plant trees in the neighborhood around John Chavis Memorial Park. Volunteers also removed invasives and landscaped around the park grounds. The morning was kicked-off by music provided by the Triangle Youth Music String Quartet
Established in 2004, the NeighborWoods program is a cooperative effort between the City and the citizens. Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department staff identify rights-of-way that are most in need of trees. City staff also evaluates requests for street trees from neighborhood and civic groups. Requests for individual replacement trees are handled on an annual basis.
City staff identify an appropriate planting site in front of a residence based upon proximity to signs, intersections, utilities, light poles, water meters, storm drains, and underground utilities. They determine what type of tree will be best suited for that location and a small white dot is painted on the curb and a free tree flag is placed where the tree is to be planted. The door hanger provides the resident with information about the NeighborWoods program, asks the resident to select the type of tree, and explains that the resident is responsible for planting, watering and mulching the tree. Once the resident returns the completed postcard, they are added to the list to receive a free tree during the next planting season.
There are three requirements to receive free trees through the NeighborWoods tree planting program:
- A residence must be located within the Raleigh city limits;
- The trees must be planted within the City's rights of way as a street tree; and,
- A resident must pledge to plant, water, and mulch the tree for at least two years.
All NeighborWoods tree purchases are made possible by donations from area residents and businesses.
For more information, contact
- Leigh Bragassa, , tree planting coordinator at 919-996-4865