Mayo Read honored for tree planting efforts

Grace Beahm/Staff Mayo Read, recipient of the Charleston Horticultural Society's 1830 Award, has been instrumental in planting hundreds of trees on the peninsula over the years including the trees that line East Bay Street.

For decades, Mayo Read has worked to make Charleston a greener place to live by planting trees, as well as organizing and raising money for tree planting projects.

On Monday, Read was honored for his dedication and work by the Charleston Horticultural Society with its highest honor, The 1830 Award.

Friend Peter McGee presented the award to the 79-year-old for his work, including his leadership efforts on behalf of the Charleston Trees committee. McGee also read a letter from Charleston Mayor Joe Riley.

Also present were past 1830 Award honorees including Jan MacDougal, Richard Porcher, Danny Burbage, Lucile MacLennan and Sheila Wertimer.

In the past 35 years, Read is responsible for planting nearly 1,000 trees, mostly live oaks, on the Charleston peninsula.