TheDCH Hosts Planting in Banning Park

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More than 100 volunteers will help plant trees in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. – The Delaware Center for Horticulture (TheDCH) kicks off the spring season with its first tree planting of 2012 at Banning Park in Wilmington on Saturday, March 24. More than 100 volunteers, including families with children, will plant 78 bare root trees along the edge of the parking lot. TheDCH’s Return-to-Work Crew, a group of ex-offenders being trained for green jobs in the horticultural industry, will work with the volunteers.

A previous Return-to-Work crew planted 12 trees in Banning Park, so this new planting will bring the total number of trees planted by TheDCH in the park to 90. These trees will create additional shade in the parking lot and contributes to Banning Park’s goal of planting more trees in its open space.

The tree planting event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon and provides an opportunity for volunteers to get outside and help make this public space a greener place. TheDCH will facilitate the planting activities and will educate those attending on the basics on how to plant and care for a bare root tree. No additional volunteers are needed for this event.

The New Castle County Department of Special Services, the agency responsible for Banning Park, received an urban and community forestry grant for this project from the Delaware Forest Service. TheDCH provides the trees and serves as the planning organization for the project.

The trees planted in Banning Park will count towards Plant One Million.

For more information about the Banning Park planting, contact Jen Bruhler at (302) 658-6262, ext. 107, or at