100 trees donated to Charleston 10,000 tree effort

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston's effort to plant 10,000 trees is sprouting.

Local auto dealer Tommy Baker has donated 100 oak trees to the effort and Charleston residents can claim trees for free beginning on Friday, which is Arbor Day in South Carolina. The idea is to plant the 100 oaks along Savannah Highway in the city's western suburbs.

The 10,000 trees initiative was proposed by Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. in his state of the city address last year. The idea is to plant thousands of trees in various areas to beautify Charleston's streets.

The city is working with the Charleston Horticulture Society to promote awareness and raise money to buy and plant the trees.

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