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Local tree farm donates cypress trees for Lake County park

RELEASE DATE: May 11, 2007

TAVARES — Lake County park rangers will be planting 16 large cypress trees at Lake Idamere Park, located at 12335 County Road 448, on Tuesday, May 15, at 2 p.m.

The public is invited to participate in this planting to help beautify the canoe launch area at the park. In the past year, new additions at the park include a fishing pier, dog park and a boundless playground, which assures that children of all abilities have a safe area to play.

Cherry Lake Tree Farm of Groveland donated the trees to the Lake County Department of Public Works, Parks & Trails Division. According to the Cherry Lake Tree Farm Web site, the Sallin family has owned the land at the farm for 25 years. They purchased it when it was a productive citrus grove in 1981 and suffered through the devastating freezes of 1983, 1985 and 1989. Beginning in 1985, the family began developing Cherry Lake Tree Farm on a 10-acre section of former citrus grove. Today, Cherry Lake Tree Farm is one of the largest tree farms in the United States.

For more information about this planting or for future landscaping donations to Lake County's parks, call park rangers Wendy Poag or Gallus Quigley at (352) 742-0992 or e-mail wpoag@lakecountyfl.gov or gquigley@lakecountyfl.gov.

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