West Street reforested
Volunteers planted 76 crab apple trees along West Street Wednesday.
The plantings are part of Green Mountain Power’s “Rutland Blooms” project, which drew volunteers from Berkshire Bank, City of Rutland, Green Mountain Power, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Stafford Technical Center, The Vermont Country Store, Vermont Council of Urban and Community Forestry and Wilk Paving.
The Village Snack Bar also supported the effort.
The trees were purchased with donations from Casella’s, GMP, The Vermont Country Store and Rutland Regional Medical Center. They replaced scrub brush and nuisance trees along roughly 1,700 feet of the south side of the street. The site borders a rail siding, the city’s winter snow dump and a recycling facility.
Other Rutland Blooms projects — funded by donations from local businesses and individuals — are being planned through the fall. The Vermont Teddy Bear Company will give a bear dressed as a gardener to the first 10 people to donate at least $250 to Rutland Blooms. Donations will be used to pay for plants, seeds, bulbs and planting materials for use in public community spaces.
Donations may be sent to United Way of Rutland County — Rutland Blooms, 6 Church St., Rutland, VT 05701.