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For those dreaming of a green Christmas

By Eric Kurhi
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 at 4:42 pm in Alameda County, Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Energy, Environment, Fairview, General, Hayward, Odds & Ends, Other unincorporated areas, Politics, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Union City.

Hayward power plant foe and recent City Council candidate “Redwood” Rob Simpson has a 1,000-strong forest of 2-foot-tall redwood trees on his Grandview Avenue lot that he’s willing to give away to anyone who wants to plant one.

Simpson’s been doing this for years, he said, and started because he felt “environmentally responsible” for driving a large car. He didn’t want to downsize his transportation – Simpson is a pretty tall guy — so he started giving away the trees as a mitigation measure. This batch will bring his grand total up to 31,000.

“I’m just spreading my seed,” Simpson said.

Anyone who wants a tree should contact Simpson at www.redwoodrob.com or 510-909-1800.

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  • J. W. Kyle

    There you go! A great idea !

    The single caution about Redwood trees is that they lack a tap root. In open windy areas they shoul;d be planted fairly close, (10 to 12 feet in a triangle or circle design)) so that their roots intertwuine, thus to support one another against the wind.

    The latter idea granted us by our Supreme Being as an examp0le of neighborliness! Thank him by being fairly generous with water to your ‘group’

    Caution! Not so close to dwellings as to be a hazard.
    When they get to be `100 hundred’, guard them against lumber theives.

    Thank you Mr. Simpson…. have you called local and regional oarks? Perhaps HUSD can use a few? However, ny observatiohn is that HUSD gets to close to the trees with their lawn mower etc.