For Immediate Release
Date: March 13, 2014
City of Savannah Park and Tree crews working long hours to prepare for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival got an extra hand this week from some visiting college students and the Savannah Tree Foundation.
About 35 students from Western Illinois University spread two truckloads of mulch among 100 trees in Colonial Park Cemetery downtown as part of a service spring break, which included projects in four other cities. Overseeing the efforts were Savannah Tree Foundation members. Park and Tree staff, meanwhile, spread mulch at dozens of other locations throughout downtown.
The Tree Foundation had been asked to assist with the project by Savannah’s Park and Tree Department at the request of the Tourism Leadership Council. Savannah Park
“We asked the Foundation to pitch in because the City knows they can be counted on,” said City arborist Chris Gerard, who was on hand coaching the students.