Newberry needs more trees

A couple of years ago Newberrians decided to improve the landscape of College Street and we did a beautiful job. By why stop there? Most people enter Newberry from some point onto Wilson Road. And what do we see? Many vast expanses of parking lots with no trees. I’d like to see us invest time and resources to improve other entrances to our town. After reading the paragraphs below, I hope you’ll agree that we should make this one of our priorities.

First of all, trees bring beauty and shade to our towns. With 100 degree temperatures in the summer, how miserable it is to park at grocery stores and other places where no shade trees can be found.

We know that trees are much more than beauty. They are a vital part of a city’s infrastructure. They address air pollution, prevent stormwater runoff and flooding, reduce energy consumption and transform a gray, concrete landscape into something much more beautiful.

A group was formed in one town that donated each year to one project that would best serve the town. The group decided where and what part of town needed their efforts. Now after many years it is a joy to see former ugly overpasses and intersections landscaped with conifers and shrubs and meaningful statuary located throughout the city. We donate to decorate the town Christmas tree that only lasts a month.

Why not call on boards and volunteers to donate to make Newberry more beautiful. We characterize Newberry as a historical town and try to attract visitors to our shops and events in our city. The Opera House or College need not be our only attraction. Take lessons from other small towns that transformed their towns and attract visitors all year long.

Autumn is tree planting season. The internet shows explicit instructions of how to remove an asphalt or concrete circle large enough to plant a tree. Let’s do it.

Trees in our cities are part of our homes. They bring beauty, peacefulness and a healthier environment to the places where we live.

Linda Wallace


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