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Friday, February 27, 2009

Tree planting to make Knoxville a greener city

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- City officials and activists are starting a push to make Knoxville a greener community and the key is planting trees.

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam took part Wednesday in a ceremonial first watering of five trees planted downtown along Union Avenue by Market Square.

The Legacy Parks Foundation is paying for trees to be planted around Knoxville.

Most of the trees in the downtown area were planted for the 1982 World's Fair and Legacy representatives say many need to be replaced.

"So what we want to do is keep downtown as green as possible, but that means long term maintenance," says Legacy Parks Foundation Executive Director Carol Evans.

Legacy hopes to help plant 50 trees around the city by the end of 2009.

A fund is set up through the foundation so you can sponsor or purchase a tree in someone's honor

Article here

Painting by Benjamin William Leader

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