Tranquil Court on Selwyn Condominiums, 2810 Selwyn Avenue, in Myers Park, is celebrating the life of an old willow oak tree. The tree, estimated to be 125 years old, is dying a natural death, and arborists have advised that it needs to come down for public safety reason. The tree will come down on April 4th, 2012, and a new willow oak will be planted within a week.
To honor the tree, Tranquil Court is planning the following:
• Free 6” – 12” red maple tree seedlings (while supplies last), along with instructions on how to plant and care for the trees, will be available at neighborhood shops FABO Café (2820 Selwyn Ave., Suite 180), Mellow Mushroom (2820 Selwyn Ave. Suite 100) and Yoforia (2823 Selwyn Ave. Suite J).
• Artist Carlleena Person will work with children to draw nature-themed portraits on natural canvas tote bags (while supplies last) at FABO Café,11 am – 2 pm.
• Free mulch, from the willow oak, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis 1 – 4 pm. People are asked to travel east on Tranquil Avenue, on the side of Tranquil Court Condominiums, where assistance will be provided with bagging and loading the mulch.
Tranquil Court consulted with four independent arborists and Tom Johnson, the city of Charlotte’s senior urban forestry specialist, when they learned the tree posed a safety hazard. “The final assessment was that the tree needs to be removed for public safety and it has reached the end of its life cycle,” Tranquil Court property manager Elaine Burgin said. “We know the tree canopy is an integral part of Charlotte’s identity and we look forward to planting a new willow oak to be enjoyed for many years to come.” Traffic in the southbound lane of Selwyn Avenue will be redirected into the changing lane beginning 8 am on Wednesday, April 4. Also, the sidewalk between Tranquil Avenue and the Selwyn Avenue entrance to Tranquil Court will be blocked during the tree’s removal.