Tree Seedling Giveaway


Tree Seedling GiveawayTree Seedling Giveaway
Saturday, April 20 ~ 9 am - 2 pm
Town Hall Parking Lot, 301 S. Brooks St.

The Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board (UFB) is offering residents added incentive to attend this year’s Forest Fest in downtown Wake Forest. The UFB will host the popular Arbor Day Tree Seedling Giveaway as part of the April 20 festivities.

During the tree seedling giveaway, UFB members, Town staff and volunteers will distribute over 2500 oak, pine, and redbud seedlings - while they last. Forest Fest begins at 9 a.m., so anyone interested in obtaining free tree seedlings is encouraged to arrive at the start of the event.

In addition to distributing the tree seedlings, volunteers will be on hand to help residents decide which seedlings grow best in their respective yard conditions, demonstrate proper mulching and pruning techniques and discuss simple, yet effective tree care practices. 

The tree seedlings will be given away on a first-come, first serve basis. Reservations and sign-ups prior to the event will not be accepted.

Bring Your Own Bag

The UFB is encouraging residents to help protect the environment by bringing their own reusable shopping tote or other environmentally-friendly bag when they pick up their seedlings.

Tree Planting Instructions

How to Plant a Tree

Observing Arbor Day  

Arbor Day is part of an annual nationwide campaign to promote the planting of trees. The event began in Nebraska in 1872 when newspaper journalist J. Sterling Morton proposed a tree-planting holiday to the State Board of Agriculture.

Although National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, individual state commemorations are scheduled on dates better suited to their own tree-planting seasons. North Carolina officially celebrates Arbor Day on the first Friday following March 15.

Urban Forestry Board

The Urban Forestry Board is a citizen group appointed by the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners. The UFB, formerly known as the Tree Board, was established in 1978 as an advisory committee to the board of commissioners. The nine-member committee oversees all planting in rights-of-way and on public property. It also advises the Town on proper tree maintenance in public areas and is committed to the growth and preservation of the urban forest.


Tree Seedling Giveaway
Urban Forestry Program Manager