MORRIS – Jamie and Becky Thomas of Spring Grove Nursery in Mazon started working with the Village of Coal City after the June 22 tornado that took thousands of mature trees.
Each year, the nursery spends Arbor Day planting trees at local schools. This year, they are broadening their planting efforts to include Coal City.
“We have a lot of customers from Coal City who have started replacing the trees they lost,” Becky Thomas said. “There was a large loss of canopy in Coal City, and some estimates show 50,000 trees were lost. We wanted to help them with a plan to start rebuilding the canopy.”
Spring Grove Nursery along with itrees.com owners Chris and Marlee Harford, also of Mazon, created Communitrees, a program that was designed to help property owners and the village add trees back to the area.
On Friday, the two companies, along with ComEd and Davey Resource Group, will plant more than 20 trees throughout the village.
Many of the trees were from Communitrees, which not only provided residents with a 20 percent discount on new trees that were delivered or planted, but also provided one free tree for every 10 purchased.
The planting event will kick off at 8 a.m. Friday at the Coal City United Methodist Church, and the public is welcome to attend and participate along with other volunteers.
Becky Thomas said they will start at the church, showing volunteers how to properly plant a tree and educating them on the many benefits trees provide to a homeowner and a community.
In addition to the Coal City Arbor Day project, there also will be donating and planting a tree at three area schools, Mazon-Verona-Kinsman Elementary School, Immaculate Conception School in Morris, and Marseilles Grade School, between Friday and May 5.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Arbor Day Celebration
WHERE: Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 E. McArdle Road
WHEN: 8 a.m. April 29