Several volunteers along with middle school students from Saint Gregory's in North East spent the day planting cherry trees along North and South Lake streets. The trees were planted to replace dead or dying kwanzan cherry trees planted years ago.
Pennsylvania Sea Grant and Erie Council of Governments sponsored the project after receiving a $100,000 grant from ECGRA, along with matching funds from the North East Shade Tree Commission. The new cherry trees will provide a uniform blooming period this coming spring.
The reason they picked cherry trees is that North East is known for the Cherry Festival and "when they bloom in the spring, they're beautiful," says Arborist Sarah Galloway.
43 trees were planted this morning.
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