After reviewing and reading the Greenville tree ordinance, we strongly support and agree that Greenville is in dire need of a new tree proposal that protects our canopy and the remaining trees that make Greenville GREEN!
As stated in the July 30 Greenville Journal, from 2001-2011 we have lost 33 million square feet of our tree canopy. We hope Greenville can be proactive and have a strong tree ordinance to protect and preserve what tree canopy we have left and to help replace the trees that have been removed. Such an ordinance may not only assist to preserve the tree canopy but could also lead to restoring some that has been lost.
As has been the case with tree ordinances adopted in Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbia and Charleston, this proposed ordinance can be tremendously successful in protecting Greenville’s green spaces. We also need to protect our heritage trees that are on single-family dwellings from adverse effects of new construction and old age. This needs to be consistent and fair for all citizens.
For the past 50 years, Carolina Foothills Garden Club has partnered with the city in helping preserve and protect Falls Park, Reedy River and Cleveland Park to help make Greenville an attractive and better place to live. We hope the City Council and the Planning Commission will accept and approve this new tree ordinance so we can continue to grow Greenville in a healthy and responsible manner for all its citizens and future citizens.
Mignon Canale, Cokey Cory and Judy Cromwell are all members of the Carolina Foothills Garden Club.