Wake Forest Tree Seedling Giveaway is Treerific!
Baby Red got a bunch of little neighbors yesterday, courtesy of the 5th Annual Wake Forest Tree Seedling Giveaway Saturday morning in downtown Wake Forest. Despite the early morning chill, dozens of residents had already selected their four tree seedlings by the time we arrived around 8:30. The line of fifty or so Wake Forest residents we joined stretched around the corner as excited families waited patiently to choose seedlings to plant in their own yards. Their wait wasn’t long—with the help of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church Boy Scout Pack 5 Webelos and St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church Boy Scout Pack 511 Webelos, as well as some master gardeners and arborists, the line moved quickly.
Ann Ayers, Assistant Planning Director for the Town of Wake Forest, was at the Giveaway and kindly offered one young resident some advice on how to tell his seedlings apart. The Town’s website, www.wakeforestnc.gov quotes her as saying over 1700 trees were distributed at the 2009 event to more than 575 people. It would be no surprise if this year’s turnout was not on pace to match or exceed last year’s count—as we left, the line was at least fifty people strong, and growing!
Wake Forest has been recognized by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for 31 consecutive years. How many towns have that honor? Just another reason we are proud to be residents of Wake Forest! And now, like so many Wake Forest families who have “transplanted” themselves here over the years, these seedlings are brand new “residents” to Wake Forest, and will grow up to beautify this lovely town we call home. We’ll bet “Baby Red” is happy!