The volunteer project is open to all, regardless of tree-planting experience. This is a free, family-friendly event that gets people involved in planting trees, gets them out in the sunshine, and gets them actively involved on the Atlanta BeltLine.
Trees Atlanta is looking for 100-150 participants, and BeltLine enthusiasts are asked to support their newest addition to the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum.
The tree planting will be divided into two groups:
- The sassafras group will meet at the corner of Somerset Terrance and Angier Springs by the Eastside Trail. About 100 volunteers are needed. Full details are on Trees Atlanta’s event page.
- The longleaf pine group will meet near 680 Greenwood Avenue, 30306, and the Eastside Trail. About 50 volunteers are needed. Full details are on Trees Atlanta’s event page.
Volunteers should plan to arrive at 8:45 a.m. and bring their own water in a reusable container (no trash). There will be a demonstration at 9 a.m. on how to properly plant trees.
Maps are available at each link above. Please RSVP to Susan@treesatlanta.org to let Trees Atlanta know that you and your friends are coming. There will be another volunteer opportunity on the Eastside Trail in March, at which time Trees Atlanta will plant native grasses.
The Eastside Trail officially opened in October as home to more than 400 large new trees, planted by Trees Atlanta alongside the path. Over the next several months, an additional 270 trees will be planted along the trail. The trees are part of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, which is a botanical garden with a focus on tree collections that loops around the trails, parks, and neighborhoods that comprise the Atlanta BeltLine.
Trees Atlanta will be caring for these trees for five years, which is three years longer than the organization maintains trees in its NeighborWoods and Large Tree programs, which plants trees throughout the city.
“We are thrilled to be working once again with our partner Trees Atlanta,” said Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Chief Operating Officer and interim leader Lisa Gordon in a release. “The trees and landscaping are what will bring the corridor to life, making this great new public space even more special.”
In addition to creating and planting the trees on the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, Trees Atlanta will be leading walking tours of the Arboretum, starting with the Eastside Trail, through its year-round Docent Program. Visitors will be able to sign up for a walking tour through Trees Atlanta or the Atlanta BeltLine.
During the 2.25 mile walk, participants will learn about the horticultural points of interest along the Atlanta BeltLine, as well as some Atlanta history pertinent to the area. See www.treesatlanta.org for more information.