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New trees coming to Cary Street

The Urban Forestry Division is going to plant new trees on West Cary Street.

The Department of Public Works Division of Urban Forestry has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Forestry to plant new trees on West Cary Street through the city’s newly established Virginia Municipal Tree Restoration Program project (MTRP).

On March 15, city Arborists will begin placing removal notifications on 11 trees in the 12-hundred block, 13-hundred block and 21-hundred block of West Cary Street. The trees were selected primarily because they have been aggressively pruned to prevent them from interfering with power lines. Under the MTRP project they will be cut down, the stumps ground and new trees will replace them.

“We want to plant the right tree in the right place,” said DPW Director Dexter White. “We want to enhance the appearance of West Cary Street, but at the same time make certain the trees we put in will not come in contact with the power lines.”

The city will plant redbuds, Yoshino cherry and serviceberry trees at the 11 sites. The total cost for the project is $11,459. The city will contribute $6,459 in funding for the creation of the restoration program.

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