Cutting the Grass Okay, Cutting the Tree, Not

GREENWOOD, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Leflore County Board of Supervisors has approved letting the Garden Club start landscaping work at the Leflore County Courthouse – with restrictions. The club says a landscape architect recommends removing one of the large magnolia trees in front of the building because it’s too close to the sidewalk, blocks views of the historic building, and obscures the courthouse’s safety lights at night. The supervisors, however, say the Garden Club itself planted the trees as living memorials dedicated to Greenwood families in memory of their loved ones after World War II and that history should be considered. The state told the county there is no reason the tree can’t be removed. But supervisors voted to allow the tree to be trimmed before making a decision on removal at a later date.


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