Reporting Mary Bubala
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A plan to bring more trees to one Baltimore City neighborhood is taking root.
Mary Bubala has more on the pledge and plan to plant dozens in Federal Hill.
Monday marked a ceremonial tree planting along Light Street in Federal Hill.
It was the backdrop for a more concrete plan to bring more leaves and shade to this city neighborhood.
“A green neighborhood is a beautiful neighborhood and a thriving neighborhood,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
There are challenges to growing trees in the city.
Most only live seven years because of wear, tear and neglect.
But Richard Polan, known as the tree guy, says a new partnership with the city and Parks & People, will bring 30 new trees to Federal Hill this spring and 15 plus in the fall.
“They beautify the area. They give a place for wildlife to live. They help cool down buildings in the summer. They protect us from the sun. They help with irrigation, and they give us a sense of pride, a sense of place to be among them,” Polan said.
The trees are being paid for through local and federal funds along with donations.
The nonprofit Parks and People will help plant the trees.