Free community events to provide education on best tree practices
Asheville GreenWorks, the organization working to preserve and protect Asheville’s urban forest and rivers through waste reduction and recycling, tree planting, litter cleanup projects, and educational programming, is excited to announce a new lineup of free tree workshops. In an effort to protect Asheville’s trees from damage and removal, the community events will convey the value of urban forests and teach best care practices.
Beginning Feb. 19 and running through March 28, GreenWorks will host two series of six workshops. The first series will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, and will cover basic concepts about tree pruning, planting, biology and tree care and management. Individuals are welcome to drop in for one or attend all six of these Tuesday workshops.
The second series of workshops are for individuals who are interested in becoming Neighborhood Tree Keepers, serving in an ongoing role as a resource on trees in their communities. This training series will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and will cover advanced principles of tree biology, planting, risk assessment, care and maintenance and tree protection during construction. Participants are required to attend all six workshops to be eligible for a mini-grant for a neighborhood tree project in the spring. The first Neighborhood Tree Keeper workshop is on Feb. 21.
“As Asheville continues to grow and be developed, there is an increased need for information on the state of our city’s trees and how we can best work together to care for our urban forest,” states GreenWorks’ Executive Director Dawn Chavez.
All workshops will take place at The Wedge at Foundation, 5 Foundy Street in Asheville. Support for the GreenWorks Tree Workshops is provided by the North Carolina Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, Duke Energy and The Wedge.
For additional information on these workshops and other GreenWorks’ events, please visit ashevillegreenworks.org/events.