Communities Digging all over the Coast

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It’s Arbor Day and new trees will be growing all over South Mississippi from Waveland to Pascagoula.
Communities across the state were busy planting live oaks this morning. At East North Gulfport Park, Gulfport city officials teamed up with members of Mississippi Coastal Plain Land Trust and Hancock Bank to get their hands dirty too, planting a total of 20 trees throughout the park.
As part of a Hancock Bank environmental project, they plan to plant ten oak trees in ten cities across the Coast over the next ten months. Hancock Bank Branch Manager Brandon Page said, “It benefits the city in a lot of ways. Of course it makes a greener environment and beautification. These oak trees will be here for hundreds of years, so it really puts a long term investment into the community.”
Gulfport City Councilmember Ella Holmes-Hines said, “In Mississippi, its 90 degrees. You can’t be in a park in Mississippi without trees. Trees make the aesthetics and the value worth it.”
Freshly planted trees are not the only improvements going on in East North Park. The city has recently installed new grills, benches and is renovating the pavilion.

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