Making way for trees

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A city Department of Public Works crew ground stumps and broke up the soil to replace about 15 Bradford pear trees on West Shore Road in Conimicut that had to be removed because of rot and age. Lucas Murray of the planning department said another variety – Cleveland Select – of white flowering pear with fewer spreading branches will be planted under a one-year $15,000 contract with the Rhode Island Tree Council. Murray said the city has been working with area businesses to ensure the new trees are appropriately located. Murray believes the flowering pears lining West Shore Road in the village were planted in the late 1980s. On average, he said, street trees in urban areas last seven to 10 years, so these have done well. He said some of the remaining trees are past “their useful life” and it’s time to remove and replace some. Ginny Barham, president of the Conimicut Village Association, said Murray contacted her and she is pleased that the city is looking to plant white flowering trees, as in spring they give the village a unique distinction. (Warwick Beacon photos)

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