Group wraps young trees in sweaters to protect them from vandals

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Dec. 22, 2014)-- They're sweaters for trees - but they're not used to keep them warm.

To protect newly planted trees from vandalism, the "West Lafayette Tree Friends" recently wrapped dozens of young trees with bright yarn sweaters, also known as "Yarn-bombing."

"We just stick them up with the zip tie and then attach the saying at the top and we are all good," explained  Lynn Layden.

Each tree costs about $200.

The group has planted nearly 5,000 trees over the last thirty years. Helen Lillich started the tree fund group.

"Appreciate a young tree, not to hurt it. It will grow up to be a very contributing member of the environment in terms of water retention and oxygen and carbon dioxide removal," said Layden.

Each young tree is wrapped in a sweater and tied up with a funny note, such as, "Don't break my trunk when you get drunk" or "These trees are loved by little old ladies with knitting needles... and they're not afraid to use them."

Adds Layden, "It attracts attention to the tree and makes people stop."

The sweaters will stay up until spring.

Click here to learn more about the West Lafayette Tree Friends fundraising campaign.

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