City receives $10,000 grant to plant trees in Freeman Field

The city of Seymour recently received a $10,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to create a natural wind screen at the Freeman Field Recreational Complex.

The Seymour Parks and Recreation Department has plans to plant 1,500 linear feet of trees at the park to provide shade, block wind and improve drainage around the soccer fields at the complex on the southwest side of the city.

Although the grant won’t fund the entire project, it will allow the city to begin planting trees this fall and continue in the spring, according to a news release from the city.

The city is working with local business Schneider Nursery to select and purchase trees.

Most of those planted will be of the green giant variety, which are tall and skinny and grow quick, said Seymour Parks and Recreation Director Stacy Findley.

Conservation is one of the pillars of parks departments, and Findley said she is excited to be able to increase the tree canopy in the city.

The Duke Energy Foundation recently awarded $256,531 in nature grants to 20 Indiana organizations to support water quality, habitat and forest restoration as well as species conservation.