1,000 trees, shrubs to be planted along Beltline

By STACY SHELTON, The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionThursday, March 12, 2009

Atlanta middle school students will plant 1,000 trees and shrubs Thursday as part of an arboretum encircling the future Beltline.

Trees Atlanta and the Atlanta Audubon Society are working with Brown Middle School to plant fig and black walnut trees, blueberry bushes and other bird-friendly trees and shrubs at the West End school. The project was largely funded by a $42,400 grant from TogetherGreen, a National Audubon Society program sponsored by Toyota.

Trees Atlanta spokeswoman Cheryl Kortemeier said the middle school is along the first piece of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, a one-mile path next to the abandoned train tracks. It is accessible from the school and Gordon White Park. Kortemeier said the arboretum’s theme for the West Connection is ethnobotany, or how trees and plants are used as medicine.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, the public can help mulch and water the trees and plant any remaining trees at the school. To join in, e-mail robby@treesatlanta.org or call 404-681-4901.