Tree planting event is Saturday

Greenville residents are invited to assist with planting 100 trees along the new 2.4-mile section of the Green Mill Run Greenway extension from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 18. The Community Tree Day planting event is sponsored by ReLeaf, the City of Greenville and East Carolina University. Participants will be able to walk portions of the new greenway addition, learn how to properly plant and care for trees, and help Greenville become greener by replenishing the city's urban forest. Volunteers should register at 9 a.m. at Blount Pavilion, the white masonry building with restroom facilities at East Carolina University's Blount Recreational Sports Complex, 100 Curry Court off Charles Boulevard. Coffee, tea, food and water will be provided. City Arborist Kevin Heifferon will demonstrate proper tree-planting techniques. Volunteers will be divided into teams and transported to selected sections of the greenway where trees will have been left beside holes bored by Public Works employees. Volunteers will dig the earth out of the augured holes, plant the trees, and stake and mulch them if time allows.

Shovels and rakes will be provided, however participants may bring their own tools if they would like, Heifferon said. "Come help us plant, get some exercise, enjoy refreshments, have fun with folks with similar concerns, and walk away with some ReLeaf sports gear when you leave," ReLeaf president Hunt McKinnon said in a press release. "What could be better?" For more information about Community Tree Day, contact Heifferon at 252-329-4531 or ReLeaf, a nonprofit organization established in 1990, plants, promotes and protects canopy trees in Greenville.

The Greenville Greenway is "linear park" of more than 5 miles of paved trails that allows people to enjoy nature while they walk, jog or bike.

Photo from Community Tree Day 2014, from the City of Greenville website