WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Volunteers with the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees planted 35 trees in downtown Wilmington Saturday.
Several native species were planted as street trees on the westbound side of South 10th Street, including Bur Oaks, Black Gums and Tulip Poplars. The eastbound side has Whitebuds and Purple Leaf Plums.
According to Connie Parker, Chairman of the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees, the planting project was actually planned well before Hurricane Florence, with around 90 trees being planted thus far.
“This was actually planned before Florence but it’s timely obviously because we’ve lost tens of thousands of trees here in the Wilmington area. Maybe even hundreds of thousands of trees. We are just beginning to address that in a number of ways," says Parker. "So I think this is kind of a kick-off. We are already in line to do this and so it’s exciting.”
In addition to planting trees, volunteers also cleaned up trash and debris left behind by Hurricane Florence.