Matthews planted 237 trees in 2011

Matthews planted 237 trees last year, according to a news release from the town.

The trees were planted along neighborhood streets as part of the Neighborhood Tree Planting Project and the new Four Mile Creek Greenway.

Created in 2008, the Town Neighborhood Tree Program involves planting trees in the public right of way – between the sidewalk and curb in front of homes – and the trees remain the property of the town. Neighborhoods pay 50 percent of the cost of the trees and agree to water the trees during the first growing season to ensure their health. The town pays the other half of the cost of the trees and plants them, according the release.

The types of trees planted in 2011 were: Maple, Dogwood, Cherry, Oak, Spruce, Leyland, Ligustrum, Chinese Pistache, Magnolia, Crepe Myrtle, Elm and Cryptomeria. The trees cost about $100 each. The neighborhoods of Wynchase and Elizabeth Place participated in 2011.

If your neighborhood is interested in participating in the Town Tree Planting Program or would like to serve on the Appearance & Tree Advisory Committee call Ralph Ramsaur at 704-847-3640.

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