Symposium on Tree Preservation to be Held at St. Anne's Belfield

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Preserving historic trees and woodlands is the topic of an upcoming symposium in central Virginia. Tree experts from around the region are coming together at Saint Anne’s Belfield School to teach the public about trees with the goal to teach people to appreciate them more.

Three of the speakers for the event have documented trees at the estates of Virginia's presidents-Washington's Mt. Vernon, Jefferson's Monticello, and Madison's Montpelier. Another speaker has a national nonprofit that teaches people about old forests and trees needing to be preserved in their communities. Some Charlottesville tree stewards will also be on hand to share information.

"The main takeaway is to start noticing our wonderful trees. We have them in this area, amazing trees, but we also have a lot of pressure to cut them down," said tree steward Robin Hanes. "They provide so many health benefits: they filter the air, they give us oxygen, they give us canopy and shade, and they also have a spirit," she said.

The Historic Tree Symposium takes place April 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in St. Anne's Belfield School’s auditorium.

Tickets are $12 if you pre-register through charlottesvilleareatreestewards.org or $15 at the door. They cost $10 for member Tree Stewards. Organizers will be offering $25 tree vouchers as discounts at five local nurseries at the Symposium as well.

Hanes also has a website that documents the history of various trees in the area. Click here to learn which trees are noteworthy in your own neighborhood.

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