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Intersection: Constitution Green


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The live oak at Constitution Green, Thornton Park. Photo: Catherine Welch, WMFE

The live oak at Constitution Green, Thornton Park. Photo: Catherine Welch, WMFE

Thornton Park in Orlando boasts one of the oldest oak trees in the City. The Live Oak on Constitution Green is- by some estimates- 175 years old and it’s on the city’s list of significant trees. The city leases the land the tree grows on from a family that may now want to develop it- and that’s galvanized a growing number of supporters who fear the tree could be cut down.

To talk about the arguments for and against preserving this tree and other historic trees and green spaces in the city, 90.7’s Matthew Peddie talks to Eric Rollings from the Soil and Water Conservation Board, who’s spearheading an effort to save the tree, and Gregg Logan, the managing director of the real estate consulting firm RCLCO. 90.7’s News Director Catherine Welch has been following the story and attended a rally over the weekend. She begins the show by explaining how the debate about the tree got started.

Click below to learn more about Orlando’s historic trees.

Source: City of Orlando

 


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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