Heritage tree nominations to end on September 1

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Commuters beneath the branches of the aging oak trees on Market Street in Wilmington. File photo by Ben Brown.
Commuters beneath the branches of the aging oak trees on Market Street in Wilmington. File photo by Ben Brown.

Fans of Wilmington flora have just a few more days to nominate their favorite trees as “heritage trees” in the city for 2015.

The Wilmington Tree Commission is accepting nominations for this year’s heritage tree nominees until Tuesday, Sept. 1.

According to City Spokeswoman Malissa Talbert, a heritage tree displays outstanding qualities in size, age, rarity, overall beauty, or historical importance representing Wilmington’s history or natural landscape. All tree species are eligible for recognition as a heritage tree.

The City’s Urban Arborist Aaron Reese, and members of the Wilmington Tree Commission are responsible for setting specific criteria for designation, receiving nominations, maintaining the program’s database and providing appropriate recognition to heritage tree owners. Nominations and selections are reported at regular monthly meetings of The Tree Commission.

The Wilmington Tree Commission specifically defines a heritage tree as having the following attributes:

  • Specimen:  A tree of exceptional form or rarity
  • Historical Significance:  A tree recognized by virtue of its association with or contribution to a historic structure, district or its association with a noted person or historic event
  • Landmark:  Trees that are landmarks of the city of Wilmington
  • Grouping:  Trees in a notable grove, avenue or other planting

You can fill out an application found here, and send them to Aaron Reese. Winners will be announced at an upcoming Wilmington City Council meeting. For more information on heritage trees, including previous winners you can find last year’s presentation to city council here.