The city of Beaufort is looking to residents, organizations and businesses to landscape parts of the Spanish Moss Trail through an adopt-a-section program.
Among the groups that have already volunteered are Southern Palmetto Landscapes Inc., which will tend to the Westvine Drive Trailhead; the Beaufort Planning Group, which is taking on the trail's intersection with Allison Road; and the Native Plant Society, for the Rogers Drive intersection.
The program enables people to support the trail and community, said city landscape architect Liza Hill. Ideal participants are garden clubs, local landscaping companies or even residents who live nearby and want to be involved in the trail's upkeep, she said.
Participants agree to:
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Optional activities include:
Groups agree to adopt their sections for a year and may put up a sign to let people know they agreed to take care of that area.
Bud Martin, owner of Southern Palmetto Landscapes Inc., said adopting part of the trail made sense when Hill approached him about the project. Not only had his company worked on the most recent section of the trail, between Ribaut and Allison roads, but Martin lives nearby and frequently uses the walking and biking path.
"I live just right down the road in Spanish Point, and I'm a runner and a biker," he said, adding that his 9- and 10-year-old sons love to ride their bikes with him.
Company employees are frequently in Beaufort, so he plans to put the Westvine Trailhead on the scheduled maintenance route so it can be looked after efficiently.
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