Trees planted along Battle Row

Sunday, March 31, 2013 4:21 PM
Last updated Monday, April 1, 2013 1:22 AM
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Twenty new trees line Augusta’s Battle Row and another 10 will soon fill in the gaps after a nonprofit organization took interest in the project.

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Trees for Augusta recently planted 20 Ginkgo trees along Battle Row in Augusta.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Trees for Augusta recently planted 20 Ginkgo trees along Battle Row in Augusta.

“Trees mean a lot of things,” said Bryan Haltermann, the chairman of Trees for Augusta. “We appreciate the aesthetics and the environmental benefits of trees, but more than anything, trees knit neighborhoods together.

Trees for Augusta, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, was formed by volunteers in April 2009. Since then it has planted more than 100 trees.

The organization operates on donations and through events such as its Tree Walk.

The volunteers took an interest in Battle Row after noticing the area’s lack of street planting. The road, which runs from Summerville to Harrisburg, also sees a lot of traffic.

The 20 Ginkgo trees were planted in early March. After further inspection, Haltermann said, the group decided to purchase another 10 trees. Planting should begin this week.

Lakesha Clark, who lives along Battle Row, said she was happy to see the new look.

“It was a good idea,” she said. “We needed some trees.”

Clark said the area looked plain before.

Since planting, Haltermann said he’s noticed more residents taking pride in their own yards.

Haltermann said neighborhoods without street trees are not as inviting to new residents.

“Places that have a wonderful planting of trees see the opposite,” he said.

The Ginkgos, which mature to about 80 feet tall and 60 feet wide and can live more than 100 years, have a history in Augusta. One noteworthy Ginkgo has long stood in front of the Old Government House downtown.

The group has already planted Ginkgos along Henry Street and Fleming Avenue. In the next year they hope to add more trees to Milledge and Cumming roads to create a “continuous connection” of newly planted trees.

The trees, which were professionally planted, will be monitored and watered by contractors throughout the first year.

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TrulyWorried 03/31/13 - 06:05 pm
Planting trees

I am so glad a non-profit organization is concerned enough to plant trees all over Augusta. A long time ago the city decided to plant some trees - first along the length of the pond on Gordon Highway. They were planted, but not watered, even though they were there AT the water. They all died - no wonder.
Then the city made a large effort to plant cypress (cedar?) trees on a stretch of 56-Loop near the wastewater treatment plant, cost per tree? $600 - 10 of them, you do the math. Yes, they also died.
Now that the city is no longer planting trees to let them die I am so glad that there are folks that care. I thank you -

floridasun 04/01/13 - 07:44 am
This is great

Augusta calls itself the Garden City but in many cases it's streets are so unappealling.
I think it would be great to see trees lining Washington Road as opposed to the zillions of signs
Thank you to the Trees For Augusta group for planting the Ginko trees on Battle Row

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 04/01/13 - 07:55 am

Didn't community organizer Woody Merry get a lot of positive publicity recently for cutting down a tree in Harrisburg?

Watch out if you see him with his chain saw on Battle Row.

seenitB4 04/01/13 - 08:31 am
Trees & Flowers

Trees can do wonders for the air....atmosphere & all over general good feeling in a neighborhood...try some of that south of the Gordon & small trees in some areas would be a welcome sight.

ritaham 04/15/13 - 09:46 am
Katherine's 100 Trees

I applaud Bianca Johnson’s article on New Trees Line Street, Battle Row and the wonderful things Trees for Augusta and chairman Bryan Halterman are doing for Augusta, The Garden City.

Augusta Woman's Club is a nonprofit organization working to promote similar efforts. The project within the Augusta Woman's Club called Katherine's 100 Trees has been successful in planting 24 Yoshino Cherry trees on the Central Avenue median dedicated in memory and honor of loved ones. To highlight this project a dedication of the trees is planned Sunday April 21 at 2 PM in the median at Troup Street followed by a reception at Historic Fire Station Number 7.

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