Remember a loved one with Plant a Tree program

As town of Farragut Community Development director Mark Shipley is apt to promote Town projects and goals.

Plant a Tree Program, however, is special.

A shumard oak tree at McFee Park was donated by Farragut Municipal Planning Commission in 2015 in memory of Mark’s late father, Buford Fred Shipley.

“This year, the town of Farragut is planting a tree at Mayor Bob Leonard Park in honor of the late Pete Hammon-tree, who was a Public Works foreman when he passed away in early 2016.

He worked for the Town for 23 years,” Alden Rosner, Town Parks and Athletics coordinator, said.

This program “offers a unique way for community members to remember or honor their loved ones … by purchasing a tree to be planted in one of Farragut’s parks or along a Farragut greenway,” a Town press release stated.

“Those interested can donate a fee between $200 and $250 and choose from more than a dozen tree varieties. With assistance from Town staff, a location will be chosen for the tree, which will be installed during the optimal planting season of November through December.

A small marble commemorative plaque [4-by-6 inches] will be set in concrete at the base of the tree.”

“Donors can have a maximum of 30 words per plaque,” Alden said.

“Town will provide year-round, lifetime maintenance,” the press release stated.

Starting in 2004, “Approxima-tely 77 trees have been donated to date, which includes six trees that are scheduled to be planted this winter,” Alden said.

The community really appreciates the program, and each person has a different reason for donating. Many trees are in memory of a loved one or a pet or in honor of an individual or an organization/group of people.”

This year’s deadline to purchase a tree is Wednesday, Aug. 31.

An online payment form is available at

Applications also can be obtained at Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive, across from Farragut Branch Post Of-fice, or by e-mailing Rosner at

For more information about the Plant a Tree Program, contact Alden at 865-218-3373.