EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHUNTINGTON BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT
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Tree Project Uprooted
Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Chris Mazhivanhanga
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: May. 30, 2012 8:04 PM EDT
Updated: May. 31, 2012 10:06 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Early last month several trees were planted along 8th street. A few weeks later they had to be removed and replanted, leaving quite a mess behind for some residents.
Janie Carpenter is a Landscape Designer with Creation Gardens & Design. She recently planted one-hundred trees in Huntington with a grant by the Division of Forestry and local businessman Sterling Hall. Sixteen of the trees planted along 8th street didn't meet guidelines under the grant.
Carpenter said, "There were some wires on the other side of the street we weren't aware of when we planted them."
Plus, the trees were planted too close together. So, carpenter uprooted the trees in question and moved them to other locations. Some residents say that left a mess behind. Carpenter came back Wednesday afternoon to reseed and level the ground where heavy rains made the mess. "We tried the best we could, it poured the rain that day, but we're here now."
Sterling Hall says the trees are important for the city. "One tree can hold up to 20 thousand gallons of rainwater and that's good considering the condition of Huntington's sewer and water system."
Hall says his goal is to help the city plant more trees throughout other parts of town in the future.
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