Volunteers needed to plant trees

Published 10:16 pm Thursday, November 8, 2018

Suffolk residents are asked to volunteer to help plant trees in the downtown area this Saturday.

Suffolk Parks & Recreation in partnership with Keep Suffolk Beautiful received a grant to plant 20 native trees at Planters Park. The grant was given by Trees Forever, who accepted the application to plant 10 willow oaks, five swamp white oaks and five elm trees.

Members of the public are invited to help with the planting and mulching of the trees. All equipment will be provided. Volunteers are reminded to wear suitable clothing and footwear.

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“We want to provide shade in the park, and we are very grateful to Trees Forever for supporting our project,” said Mike Kelly, principal planner with Suffolk Parks & Recreation.

Keep Suffolk Beautiful is asking the community to come out and help.

“The Nansemond River Preservation Alliance and the local chapter of the Master Naturalists will offer their support. It would be great to see some families show up as well. Students can earn community service hours for graduation. The more the merrier,” said Wayne Jones, spokesman for Keep Suffolk Beautiful.

The tree planting will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 10.

For more information, please contact Wayne Jones at 514-7604 or wjones@suffolkva.us.