To the editor:
We recently celebrated both Earth Day and Arbor Day, and the Franklin United Methodist Community helped to commemorate those days by planting 5,200 new trees. The area of planting is the open area north of Canary Creek and south of Westview Drive, which is designated as a floodplain.
The variety of trees planted, 23 in all, included all native Indiana hardwood trees. There were over 1,000 flowering trees such as redbud, dogwood, flowering crabapple, persimmon and tulip poplar. In addition, there were several varieties of nut trees, including oak, hickory, butternut and black walnut. This planting was made possible by generous donations of funds by a resident of the community.
With the planting of these trees and when the urban forest is complete, we will have added some 10,000 trees to the tree inventory of the City of Franklin. We hope the residents and visitors in the future will appreciate the beauty of the trees for years to come, as well as the benefits to air quality and contribution to flood control.
I would like to thank all the people and organizations who have contributed to these projects with their time, money and support.