Tree com­mis­sion plants first liv­ing mem­ory dog­wood in Peek Park

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - From staff re­ports

The first tree to stand in liv­ing mem­ory in a lo­cal park was put into the soil to take root over the win­ter.

Mem­bers of the Cedartown Tree Com­mis­sion were joined by pub­lic works em­ploy­ees who dug the hole for the first dog­wood planted un­der the com­mis­sion’s Liv­ing Mem­ory pro­gram.

Planted on the north­side of the park be­hind the cov­ered pic­nic area at Peek Park, the tree was do­nated by Joann Nor­ris.

The com­mis­sion is hop­ing more res­i­dents will take ad­van­gate of the pro- gram to honor loved ones or lo­cal pro­grams.

Trees can be planted in any park in the city ex­cept for Big Spring Park, which will be un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions in the com­ing fu­ture.

The pro­gram also has a wide se­lec­tion of trees avail­able to choose from, in­clud­ing the chalk maple, the grancy gray beard, South­ern mag­no­lia, flow­er­ing dog­wood and South­ern red oak.

All the trees that are pur­chased are al­ready 2 inches around and are planted dur­ing the win­ter months so the trees have a chance to be ac­cli­mated to the soil be­fore their spring growth cy­cle be­gins.

Board mem­ber Beam Sut­ton said those who wish to or­der a liv­ing memo­rial tree for plant­ing dur­ing the off-sea­son months - March through late Oc­to­ber – will be held un­til they can be planted.

The com­mis­sion is ask­ing $500 for each liv­ing memo­rial, which in­cludes a metal plaque to honor those for whom the tree is be­ing planted or a spe­cial date.

For more in­for­ma­tion about how to get in­volved with the pro­gram, call Mariyln Bunn at 678-9012802, Sut­ton at 770-7486785 or com­mis­sioner Billy Grant at 770-748-2307.

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