Cities, counties, schools, neighborhood associations and other public entities on Wednesday picked up free trees grown by the S.C. Department of Corrections and PalmettoPride, South Carolina's anti-litter and beautification organization.
Almost 3,000 trees, including crape myrtles, river birch, Leyland Cypress and dogwoods, were passed out to 56 recipients at Corrections' horticulture depot in Columbia.
As part of its Fall Tree Grant, PalmettoPride provided Corrections funding to grow the trees, which were cultivated by Corrections' horticulturists and inmates at Kershaw Correctional Institution and Turbeville Correctional Institution.
All trees, grown from seedlings, follow S.C. native tree-growing guidelines. Recipients are required to follow planting and maintenance guidelines and must participate in the Great American Cleanup, a public beautification and litter pick-up project that runs from March through May.