By E. Richard Walton
Greenville, SC (October 9, 2009)- The first batch of 150 trees being planted in Freetown and Brutontown are designed to create nice canopies in the two revitalized neighborhoods, and they also could reduce energy costs, local officials and two tree experts said Thursday.
“Trees are more than pretty things to look at,” said Jared Liu, program director at the Alliance for Community Trees. He said the optimum way for a homeowner to get maximum cost savings primarily from shade is to plant trees on the east and west sides of the house. Liu, who is based in Washington, D.C., said the trees also can stem water runoff in the two redeveloped communities.
When it is built out, Freetown will contain 100 homes, according to the Redevelopment Authority. Planners said Brutontown is expected to have 80 new bungalows and Craftsman-style homes.
Joelle Teachey, executive director of TreesGreenville, said her organization worked with the Greenville Redevelopment Authority and the Home Depot Foundation to carry out the project. She said trees are an investment in a community and “help people bond.” The foundation provided the $10,000 for the project, she said. “We like to focus on a legacy of trees,” Teachey said. “We want to plant trees that will be around for 100 years.”
Teachey said George Eckley, a leader for Team Home Depot, led 35 volunteers who planted the trees planted in Freetown near West Greenville. Eckley, who works in human resources at Home Depot, said he recruited Home Depot associates who volunteered and who had the day off- some came as far as Easley for the three-hour task.
Teachey said another 50 trees will be planted Saturday in Freetown, and 50 trees are scheduled to be planted in Brutontown near Rutherford Road.
Greenville News- 150 trees to provide canopies in two rebuilt communities