Augusta Circle Elementary American Elm- Greenville, SC

2016 Heritage Tree Award Winner

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Anyone affiliated with the Augusta Circle Elementary American Elm can understand why this tree was added to the prestigious list of previous winners.  Nearly 75 years ago, the tree was planted in honor of Mr. B.T. Gault, the then principal of the school, who resigned his position to join the armed forces in WWII.  The PTA purchased the tree and invited 5th graders to plant the tree on Arbor Day.  Since its planting, the tree has been nurtured and cared for by the school’s PTA and staff; Clemson Extension Service; Crane’s Tree Service; and Schneider Tree Care.  It has survived Dutch Elm disease, the construction of two additions to the school, and the enlargement of the street in front of the school.