Re-LEAF tree giveaway set for Oct. 17

January’s ice storm had its way with many of Fayetteville’s trees. Once again, it’s time to try and undo some of that damage.

The City of Fayetteville’s next tree giveaway will be on Saturday, Oct. 17, in front of the Town Center on the Downtown Square. The event will start at 7:00 am and last until all of the trees are gone.

There are 900 one-gallon containerized trees that will be given away free of charge on a first-come-first-serve basis to residents of Fayetteville.

Ice Storm 2009

The Re-LEAF Fayetteville project’s first event was back in April during the Celebration of Trees. Saturday’s event is a continuation of the project to plant the next generation of trees to replace those lost in the January ice storm. The species to choose from this fall include Eastern Redbud, Shumard Oak, Pin Oak, and Red Maple.

Since the trees will be given away to city residents only, proof of Fayetteville residency is required, such as your city utility bill and your driver’s license. Residents may only receive one free gallon-sized containerized tree each.

Since trees can take many years to reach their mature height and spread, the City is urging homeowners to take all surroundings into consideration when picking the location for the new tree.

Information flyers on tree species and planting instructions will be available for each tree adopter, and city staff will be on hand for consultation about the trees.