Trees to be given away in honor of Arbor Day

ASHEBORO — One thousand trees will be given away in Asheboro on Thursday at Randolph Mall’s Center Court. The event will include activities for the entire family.

The tree giveaway is part of a celebration of North Carolina Arbor Day.

“We are very excited about this year’s Arbor Day celebration,” said Steve Banks, manager of Randolph Mall.

The mall event is the result of collaboration between several local organizations, including Trees Asheboro, Community One Bank, the City of Asheboro, N.C. Master Gardeners, The Courier-Tribune, N.C. Cooperative Extension, WKXR 1260 AM, Chick-Fil-A and Randolph Mall.

Activities will begin at 3 p.m. and continue until 6 p.m. Trees Asheboro’s mascot, “Treeture Professor Arbor E Tum,” will be on hand for photos with children, and N.C. Senior Young Ambassador Queen Brittnee Loflin will perform.

Asheboro Mayor David Jarrell will announce the winners of this year’s Courier-Tribune coloring contest at 5:00 p.m. Coloring sheets are still available at both Chick-Fil-A and the mall office.

For adults, a panel of experts will be on hand throughout the afternoon to answer gardening questions ranging from lawn care, how to grow roses, and the proper way to trim trees.

A special feature of this year’s North Carolina Arbor Day celebration will be the giveaway of 1,000 River Birch and Persimmon seedlings at no charge on a first come, first serve basis. Information on how to plant and care for the species will be provided.

From staff reports
The Courier-Tribune