Durham: Driver Street Tree & Bulb Planting--Volunteers­ Needed!

Help us help Durham beautify Driver Street!!! The Sierra Club is soliciting volunteers to help the City of Durham’s Urban Forestry Division and Keep Durham Beautiful plant trees and bulbs on Driver Street from 9am to 12pm on Saturday 3/22.  Meet at 9am at the Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St.

Volunteers should wear close toed shoes and wear layers for the weather. Bring a water bottle, your favorite gloves and shovel if you have it.  Keep Durham Beautiful will have gloves and shovels to loan out for the project, as well.

We will plant 140 trees and 1,080 daffodil bulbs as part of an effort to enhance the Driver Street streetscape. The trees were specifically selected to be compatible with the City’s new infrastructure in this area and suitable for a street-side environment. The trees to be planted include trident and shantung maples, lacebark elms, and pondcypress trees.

According to Tania Dautlick, executive director of Keep Durham Beautiful, the beautification efforts will be felt for years to come by the Durham residents who call this neighborhood home. “We know that when a community and its residents unite with beautification as a common purpose, transformations occur not only in the physical surroundings, but in the hearts and minds of everyone involved,” Dautlick said. “This is a great opportunity to contribute and really make a difference in a part of our community that is undergoing a wonderful transformation. We hope that our residents will volunteer to join us as we bring neighbors together for this important and fun project.”

The tree plantings were made possible by a $4,020 grant from Legacy Tree Fund and a $5,000 grant from UPS.  The bulbs were donated by Gardens Alive.

A second planting will take place on 3/1.

For more information, see Durham Tree Planting Press Release

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