MEDINA — A stand of fruit trees proposed at the corner of East Liberty and South Jefferson streets hit rock bottom this week.
Medina At-Large Councilman Bill Lamb received permission May 22 from Medina County commissioners for members of the Medina Village Community Orchard Project to plant eight fruit trees at the county-owned property east of the courthouse parking deck. He said after digging on the plot, however, he found there is a layer of rock under the topsoil.
“Underground, there’s solid rock,” Lamb said. “There must have been a parking lot there.”
The planting ceremony was supposed to be Thursday evening.
Lamb said the Medina Village Community Orchard Project, a nonprofit organization, had two apple, two plum, two cherry and two pear trees to plant. He said one since has died.
“We’re working on finding a new place to plant them,” Lamb said.
After their May 22 decision, commissioners said they fielded a couple calls about the fruit trees attracting deer. There was also a letter to the editor citing the deer issue in Thursday’s Gazette.
Lamb said he got the idea to plant “pocket orchards” from someone at his church. The plan is to donate much of the fruit to Feeding Medina County once the trees bear fruit in two or three years.
The trees are expected to grow to about 20 feet high, he said.