Queen's Crown Initiative

The Queen's Crown is recognition of the majesty of our area tree canopy and an effort to change an idea to an entity. Living amongst the majestic trees of Charlotte Mecklenburg not only inspires, but also compels and defines us.

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Charlotte's History of Tree Love

Charlotte’s love affair with trees arguably began in the 1910’s when John Nolen and Earle Draper designed Myer’s Park, which at the time was an old farm field all but devoid of trees.  In the Late 1980’s Tom Martin, urban forestry agent for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, started the formal Treasure Tree program in Mecklenburg County. In 2007 Al Harris revived the Treasure Tree Program in Mecklenburg County.  Maggie Barker, a local teacher, has written a children’s book highlighting several Treasure Trees.  Barker, along with husband Dr. Don Booth, and retired librarian Charlie Williams also hosted ‘Treasure Tree Sunday: A Festival of Trees.’ 

The Queen’s Crown is another incantation for Charlotte’s love of trees.  Our goal is to improve and maintain our urban forest cover.  Here you will find a collection of stories and legends involving our most precious resource.  The Queen’s Crown is discovery, recognition, and celebration for our trees, which are truly the jewels of Queen Charlotte’s Crown.

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Featured Tree

Address: 1900 East Boulevard
Coordinates: 35.190973 & -80.843417
Type of Tree: Freedom Park Yoshino Cherry

It was in the 60’s that a revitalization of Freedom Park was undertaken. Pavilions were built or repaired, along with the installation of ornamental plantings. Included with these plantings were several Yoshino cherry trees planted in a row along Little Sugar Creek. Yoshino cherries announce spring as they are some of the first trees to flower.