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Monkeywrench Recieves GIFT  Annual Business Award

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The tree David Webster planted through GIFT at OPES is really growing!

In recognition of National Arbor Day, Golden Isles Fund for Trees donated six Live Oak trees to the City of Brunswick and the Urban Redevelopment Agency to kick-off the revitalization of Mary Ross Park.  The trees will provide much needed shade for visitors to the waterfront.  With a generous grant from the Live Oak Garden Club, the City will improve the irrigation system in the park to provide the trees with the water that is so critical to establishing healthy trees.  The trees were installed with labor donated by Coastal Greenery.

Pictured from left:  Julie Martin, Brunswick Mayor Pro Tem, Mike Kellar, GIFT, Roger Steffens, landscape designer, LaRon Bennett, Urban Redevelopment Agency, Nan Marie O’Hara and Jenny Humphries, GIFT, Jeffrey Johns, Coastal Greenery. 

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Golden Isles Fund for Trees presented its second annual Business Award to Monkeywrench Bicycles in recognition of the care taken to protect large Live Oak trees during construction and in the ongoing operation of the business.

Owner Chris Beaufait preserved the Live Oak canopy through creative design measures, such as siting the building back from the street, agreeing to a shared driveway with an adjacent property owner, and the use of permeable materials to allow rain water and air to reach the trees’ roots.  Beaufait’s commitment has paid off in lower utility costs for his business and an aesthetically pleasing storefront that welcomes bicyclists to relax under the shade of two hundred year old Live Oaks.

The Live Oak tree closest to the store has been measured and registered with the Live Oak Society.  With a girth of twelve feet two inches, it has been named the Penny-Farthing Live Oak in honor of the first bicycle.  The Penny-Farthing is the 186th Live Oak tree registered in Glynn County.

Pictured left to right: Nan Marie O’Hara & Mike Kellar, GIFT, Chris Beaufait, Sandy Turbidy, GIFT.

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GIFT Plants Six Live Oaks in Mary Ross Park

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