Trees restored to Springfield neighborhood

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield got a littler greener this Earth Day.

Western Massachusetts Electric Company joined the community group “ReGreen Springfield” to plant 30 new trees on Wilmont Street Tuesday.

More than two-dozen diseased and dying trees had been removed from that area of the Forest Park neighborhood in recent months as part of a reliability project.

WMECo Vice President Bob Coates told 22News that these newly-planted trees will also help cut down on the number of power outages.

“Trees are the number one cause of outages. Obviously, trees planted out from underneath the power lines won’t have an impact, but if you have to plant them under there, there are species like these that’ll only grow 20 feet tall and not have an impact on the power lines,” Coates said.

The new trees were purchased through a donation made by WMECo.

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