On Saturday, December 9, 2017, SouthWood sponsored the first-ever large mature TreeStore hosted by TreesCharlotte. TreesCharlotte is a local non-profit organization committed to maintaining and expanding the natural tree canopy of Charlotte. TreesCharlotte partners with neighborhoods and schools throughout the city for planting events from October through April.
The mature TreeStore took place at the City of Charlotte Landscape Management Office. Charlotteans arrived in masses, despite the cold rainy weather, to claim their two free trees. At all TreeStores, Charlotte households are eligible for up to two free trees and proof of Charlotte residency (such as a driver’s license, utility bill, etc.) as well as a valid email address must be provided in order to participate.
The process for selecting and obtaining the two trees is very structured and organized. First, the individual is given a run-down on the trees available to take home. The trees available on Saturday included winged elm, willow oak, black gum, bald cypress, chestnut oak, American beech, cedar, green giant arborvitae and shumard oak. You select the varietal and are then trained on how to properly plant and care for your trees. The tree training is mandatory because TreesCharlotte wants to guarantee that the trees will flourish and grow. A Stewardship Pledge Form must be signed that declares your pledge to take care of the trees provided.
The mission of TreesCharlotte is to help the City of Charlotte and City Council reach their goal of 50% tree canopy by 2050. SouthWood is honored to play a role in this important environmental cause. Our president, John Petrone, was named to the Board of Directors this year and we are excited to continue our involvement.
Blake and Ty are a dynamic set of brothers who cumulatively have over ten years under their belts at SouthWood. Ty handles the setup of digital artwork pulled from shop drawings, matches colors, prints and laminates. He enjoys challenging projects and problem solving and in his free time he paints murals. Blake is the Assistant Plant Manager, coordinating the pace at which jobs go through the shop by communicating with all departments. Blake is a skydiving fanatic with 350 jumps in less than three years.