Girl Scouts to co-host tree giveaway and materials collection for ‘insect hotels’

Insect hotel / Photo: University of Michigan-Dearborn

Local Girl Scout Troop 5327, along with the city’s urban forestry staff, will co-host a tree seedling giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 14 at the Holcomb Gazebo near the Gary Hampton softball fields, located at 2900 N. Salem Road.

The Cookies, Trees and Bees event will also collect materials for the construction of “insect hotels” to be placed in Fayetteville parks. The troop will also be selling Girl Scout cookies during the event.

Seedling giveaway
The troop will give away 200 native tree seedlings (limit two per person), including redbud, bald cypress, deciduous holly, and northern red oak species. An urban forester will be on hand to answer any planting questions and inquiries about the tree species, according to a news release.

Insect hotel materials collection
Materials needed include untreated scrap lumber, bamboo pieces, unvarnished slats, and other construction materials that can be used to build temporary nesting structures for insects, especially pollinators like bees, beetles, and ladybugs.