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South Carolina Park Loses Twenty Percent of Tree Population

Of the 85 trees growing in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort, South Carolina, 20 percent are scheduled to be removed due to disease and the construction work being done by Brantley Construction of Charleston, South Carolina. The company is working to repair a damaged seawall in addition to installing new drainage and sewer pipes.

Undernourished oak trees in the park were uprooted due to the inadequate amount of soil in the raised planters the trees were growing in – and because of their roots – which obstructed access to underground pipes and rods. Sabal palmettos will replace the oaks due to their ability to root in no more than seven feet of soil.

Charlotte-based planners, ColeJenest and Stone, have come up with a landscaping redesign plan that includes the planting of 21 large trees which includes: oaks, elms, magnolias, crape myrtles, palms, and a wide variety of flowering shrubs and grass.

The new drainage and sewer pipeline layouts were designed to steer clear of trees and save on costs. To protect remaining trees during construction, crews placed plywood above the roots and covered the trunks with burlap bags.

Jerusalem thorns, located along the seawall, are unlikely to stay in the park because of a playground that is slated to be built where they stand.

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December 14, 2019, 7:58 am PDT

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