The Caring Hands Committee of the Buckhead Rotary Club has organized a project with Trees Atlanta to plant trees in the community in memory of the club’s dead members.

On March 21, the first 15 trees were planted in front of the Georgia Power substation on Piedmont Road at East Paces Ferry Road.

Bill Lucas, a member of the Caring Hands Committee, met with Georgia Power landscape architect Jeremy Greenberg to develop a long-range planting plan for the substation. The trees will screen the wall and equipment and make the site more attractive for those who live and work in the area and who pass the site on Piedmont Road.

Buckhead Rotary is making a contribution toward each tree planted.

Volunteers from Peachtree Hills, where other trees were planted March 21, and high school seniors from Peachtree City who were participating in a class project pitched in to dig the holes in the hard clay and massage the tree roots before planting them.

Supervising the work at the Georgia Power site to ensure the trees had the best chance to grow into healthy specimens were Bill Perdue and Robbie Astrove of Trees Atlanta. Trees Atlanta also worked with the Peachtree Hills planting.

Over the summer, Trees Atlanta will mulch, fertilize and water the trees. Georgia Power will expand the mulch beds around the trees and maintain the property.

Meanwhile, Buckhead Rotary will continue to contribute trees to complete the landscape plan over time.

“It is a good example of community cooperation between a company and volunteers for the good of Buckhead,” Lucas said.

— John Schaffner