Chattanooga Tree Projects

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Chattanooga’s urban forester says two new tree planting projects will allow newlyweds to mark their vows and others interested in honoring loved ones.

The Times Free-Press ( reports that Gene Hyde got the idea came from an environmental official from Chattanooga’s sister city, Hamm, Germany. The official was visiting Chattanooga for a conference on sustainability and described a “Wedding Forest” from his hometown.

Chattanooga Sister City Association president Karen Claypool says two sites have been approved for the projects. A commemorative forest will be located in a sprawling sculpture garden.

And the Wedding Forest will be near the city’s Riverwalk. Trees planted won’t be affected if marriages don’t work out. Hyde says if a couple gets a divorce, his department isn’t going to go cut down their tree.

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