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Greenfield Arbor Day celebrates trees

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Tree Committee and the Department of Public Works have invited town residents to come to an Arbor Day celebration of the value and beauty of trees on Friday, at 12:45 p.m.

This year, elementary school students at the Discovery School at Four Corners at 21 Ferrante Ave. will host the event. They will sing a song about trees, listen to a proclamation, and then help plant a red maple tree.

“Arbor Day is a wonderful celebration that reminds us all about the value of trees that provide shade and habitat in the summer, especially in the more urban areas of town,” said Art Baker, director of the DPW.

“We are thrilled to host Arbor Day,” said Suzanne Sullivan, principal of the Discovery School. “This red maple tree will be a beautiful addition to our school grounds. Planting a tree as a community enhances our schoolwide focus on gardening. The tree will be near our raised garden beds where each class plants cares for and harvests vegetables, herbs and flowers.”

The Discovery School students are also working on a project to enhance downtown trees. Working with Just Roots, the Rejuvenators and the Greenfield Tree Committee, this week they will be planting flower seeds in their classrooms. They will take care of these flowers and then plant them around some trees downtown as part of a new downtown beautification effort.

Now in its 13th year, Arbor Day reaffirms Greenfield’s commitment to greening the downtown area. It also kicks off the Greenfield Tree Committee’s annual fundraising campaign that supplements the town budget, and the Memorial Tree Fund, which is maintained by Kostanski Funeral Home and Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home.

“Making a donation to Greenfield’s Tree Campaign is a real investment in our town’s future,” said Mary Praus. A Greenfield resident and regional land use planner, Praus recently completed an inventory of trees in the inner core of Greenfield with a grant from HUD. “So many of our existing street trees are aging and beginning to fail. Planting new trees now is vital to making sure we have a healthy, diverse tree population to shade our sidewalks, cool our homes, provide wildlife habitat and offer other significant ecological benefits.”

If interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the Tree Campaign send a check made out to the Town of Greenfield/Greenfield Tree Committee to Janine Greaves, DPW, Town Hall, 14 Court Square in Greenfield.

For more information, call Janine at 772-1528, ext. 106.

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