Rooted in the community

By Brandi Bailey

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM EDT

Owego,NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Village of Owego is getting ready to enjoy the fall season. As the color of the leaves change on the trees, many in the community are excited to know they'll have more to see next year.

The Village of Owego was picked for a grant of 50 trees through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

"We were awarded 50 trees. We have a bunch of volunteers that came out to help plant," said village trustee Jenny Ceccherelli.

The Village of Owego spent several months searching a variety of locations to place the new young trees along with looking for volunteers to help get them in the ground.

The trees came from the DEC as part of a match grant. With enough volunteers it will have the option of paying the matched amount through volunteer work.

"We have some cherries, two kind of crabs, and a flowering Japanese Lilac Tree of our flowering trees and then where we have the space and the overhead space we have a few swap White Oaks and some River Birch," said Arborist Barb Neal.

The village wanted to make sure there would be minimal problems with the growing trees including keeping them away from power lines.

"You want to put the right plant in the right place so part of that is knowing the site and its condition and part of that is knowing the kinds of trees and their habits," Neal said.

Volunteers learned the proper planting techniques and location for the each tree.

The village hopes through the group effort that it will only help build a stronger community.

"I think trees lend a lot to a community. They increase the value of property, they provide shade, they help reduce noise and pollution," said Owego Mayor Kevin Millar.

33 more trees will be planted on Saturday, October 19th.

Anyone interested in volunteering is urged to contact the Village of Owego.