Community responds to restore vandalized neighborhood fruit grove


Twenty-nine fruit trees donated to replace the ones purposely destroyed at an inner-city fruit grove will be planted Saturday.

But R. Mason Carratt, founder of the Food Forest on the city’s South Side, said he is concerned that whoever destroyed the trees, with what appears to be pruning shears, may return.

“I’m nervous about putting in all these trees without [wireless security] cameras,” Carratt said.

Mayor John A. McNally had said the city would donate video cameras to Carratt. Also needed is fencing.

Councilman Paul Drennen, D-5th, whose ward doesn’t include the garden area, said Wednesday he’s giving $700 from his council discretionary fund for “fencing and security cameras to start and will give more later if needed” to the Food Forest.

Petitti Garden Center in Boardman donated 29 fruit trees, dropping them off Wednesday.

Read who else is helping to restore the fruit grove in Thursday's Vindicator or on

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