Greenfield celebrates Arbor Day at GMS Friday
Recorder/Paul Franz Fourth-grade student Eric Dietz throws a shovel full of dirt on the elm tree planted in front of the Greenfield Middle School on Friday, Arbor Day, by the Greenfield Department of Public Works and the Greenfield Tree Committee.
GREENFIELD — Greenfield celebrated the value and beauty of trees with Greenfield Middle School students at an Arbor Day celebration and tree planting on Friday at the school on Federal Street.
There were presentations by fourth- and fifth-graders and the planting of an elm tree.
It was the 12th annual celebration hosted by the Greenfield Tree Committee and Department of Public Works that kicks off spring tree planting in downtown Greenfield. A total of 12 trees will be planted on Main and Federal streets, and in the Energy Park in the coming weeks.
Arbor Day also kicks off the Greenfield Tree Committee’s annual fundraising campaign that supplements the Memorial Tree Fund, which is maintained by the Kostanski, Smith-Kelleher and Walker funeral homes; and town budget for tree planting and maintenance. It costs about $300 to plant a new tree, and more to water and care for them each year. Last year, the committee raised about $4,000.
If interested in contributing to the campaign, receiving a free tree for your front yard, or joining the committee, contact Janine Greaves in the Greenfield DPW office at 772-1528, ext. 106.