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Norton hopes initiative sprouts new trees
Benjamin Sanchez, center, and Lee Paggett, right, of Syfan Landscape Center steady a white oak while Daniel Maranesco, left, watches Tuesday at the Norton Agency on Green Street. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

The Norton Agency planted three trees on its property Tuesday as part of an initiative to replenish the stately trees that line the city’s signature thoroughfare.

“We felt like we needed to plant these mature oaks and maples that line the street,” said Norton Agency President Frank Norton Jr. “We’re going to see how these fill out and we may add another one next year.”

Two trees were also planted near Brenau University to replace mature trees that were lost in that area.

Norton’s mother, Betty, started the initiative after noticing that Green Street’s oldest trees were being strained by development and years of drought.

This year, three trees on the Norton Agency’s property died. Two fell during heavy rains and blocked Green Street for hours.

And when Betty Norton said she found that funds were limited for the county’s tree replacement fund, she decided to take the street’s future into her own hands.

“She contacted a number of owners on Green Street,” Frank Norton Jr. said.

“We hope this will stimulate other interest in planting trees on Green Street.”