2011-12-29 / News

Locals donate trees for downtown area

BY JIM RUGH


Jamestown Department of Public Works employee Ramon Ibarlucea attaches a dedication plaque on Narragansett Avenue. The DPW built the planters and planted the trees and shrubs in November, and in appreciation for these gifts, the town engraved stainless steel plates recognizing the donations. 
PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM RUGH Jamestown Department of Public Works employee Ramon Ibarlucea attaches a dedication plaque on Narragansett Avenue. The DPW built the planters and planted the trees and shrubs in November, and in appreciation for these gifts, the town engraved stainless steel plates recognizing the donations. PHOTO COURTESY OF JIM RUGH As part of the state Narragansett Avenue sidewalk reconstruction project, several large trees had to be removed. The state replaced the trees.

However, once the sidewalk was taken up, Tree Warden Steve Saracino identified seven additional trees that needed to be replaced. Some had simply grown too large for the space and were in the new curb line, and others were a tangle of large surface roots that would quickly heave the new sidewalks.

Since the removal of these additional trees was not included in the state project, it fell to the town. After the Department of Public Works removed the trees, replacement species were selected by the tree warden and the Jamestown Tree Preservation and Protection Committee.

At two locations, there was little open-surface area. It was determined that raised shrub planters would be a better choice at these locations since the shrubs would need less water than a large tree and they could easily be watered by the town in the event of a prolonged drought.

However, there were no funds in the town budget for replacement trees or for the planters. Two local garden clubs and a local family stepped forward.

The Quononoquott Garden Club donated the building stones and two large hydrangeas for the planters, and the Jamestown Garden Club donated three oak trees.

The Schlubach family donated an unusual Korean evodia tree that was planted in front of the new Jamestown Fish restaurant.

The DPW built the planters and planted the trees and shrubs in November. In appreciation for these generous gifts to the town, engraved stainless steel plates recognizing the donations were attached to the sidewalk next to each tree or planter.

The author is the chairman of the Jamestown Tree Preservation and Protection Committee.

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