Eastern Wake News

Knightdale’s Arbor Day celebration will have two tree plantings

A new park means a new location for the town’s annual Arbor Day event.

The annual event will be held on April 4 and the Planning Department received approval from Town Council to include a tree-planting project in the Carrington Woods neighborhood.

The town is applying for recertification to become a Tree City USA, a national recogniton of its efforts to preserve and care for trees in the town.

One of the requirements to be a Tree City USA is to hold an Arbor Day celebration and another is to have a community-funded forestry program that monitors and manages plants in the locality.

In this year’s celebration, that requirement will be honored by the Planning Department’s effort to provide more trees in the new park and along Carrington Drive.

The Planning and Parks and Recreation departments will host a tree-planting at Knightdale Station Park and the Planning Department will add trees to the community as part of the Arbor Day celebration.

Planning technician Courtney Jenkins told town council members her department is looking to plant six trees along Carrington Drive. The project was requested by a resident who used to serve on the Land Use Review Board.

“After investigating the site, (we saw) it could definitely use some in-fill,” Jenkins said.

With sufficient funds in the budget and approval from the LURB, Jenkins said the department could plant six Magnolia Key Parris trees. The evergreen trees grow to be about 25 feet with flowers.