It’s Christmas in July for the Metro Council.
A non-binding, memorializing resolution sponsored by Councilwoman Karen Bennett would formally request that the Metro parks board consider planting an evergreen tree in Nashville’s Public Square instead of chopping one down during each holiday season.
The council is set to consider the resolution at tonight’s meeting.
Each year, Metro workers set out to find a suitable evergreen tree before erecting it in front of the Metro courthouse a few weeks before Christmas Day. Bennett would prefer the tree be permanent.
A live, planted evergreen could be “decorated for years to come without harming the environment,” the resolution reads, “which would serve as a reminder of environmental sustainability.”
“The purpose is to be a little bit greener of a city,” Bennett said. “It disturbs me that every year we’re cutting down a tree somewhere when we could plant one and use the same tree every year.”
Bennett, who represents the Inglewood neighborhood in East Nashville, said she sent a letter to the parks board in December asking them to consider the request. She said the board never responded to her letter.