As soon as the weather gets nicer, the city of Springfield will once again be planting trees in the city’s Old Hill, Upper Hill, and McKnight neighborhoods.
Last summer the parks department planted trees free of charge in the backyards last summer. It’s part of a program to replenish the trees destroyed during the June 1, 2011 tornado.
The city has been pleased with homeowners’ requests for trees.
“It’s been going great, 800 residents have contacted us for free trees in their neighborhood,” said Patrick Sullivan, Springfield Parks Buildings and Recreation Management director. “There’s about a third the way through the program, so we want you to plant trees in your overall environment for our city.”
As an incentive to plant a tree in your backyard, the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission will provide you with a free rain barrel to water your tree.
You can register for a tree and a free rain barrel by calling Springfield’s 311 system.