SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — The University of Illinois Springfield is planting Japanese maple trees on its campus.
On Tuesday, April 27, the university started planting the first of 1,000 trees.
UIS plans to place the first 100 near the UIS-LLCC bike trail.
"I hope they can see the beauty of it," a woman planting the trees said. "I hope they can take walks, inspirational walks, maybe even meditation walks through the pathways and just find some peace and some beauty."
The trees were donated by Davidsan's Japanese Maples, a business in New Berlin.
The donation is being made to honor more than 30 years that Springfield has had a sister city relationship with Ashikaga, Japan.