Call for volunteers for May 18 tree planting event

  • Those present at a shade tree planting ceremony in front of the Greenfield Post Office on Arbor Day each got to toss a few shovel fulls of dirt on newly planted tree in honor of Arbor Day. This also kicks off a campaign to plant hundreds of trees along downtown streets and neighborhoods. FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Report
Published: 5/15/2019 5:07:31 PM

GREENFIELD — Join Greenfield community members and the Greenfield Tree Committee as it holds its fifth annual neighborhood tree planting event Saturday.

This year’s event will take place on Birch Street, south of Norwood Street, where residents are excited to plant trees to improve their neighborhood. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon; anyone interested in lending a hand can drop in anytime that morning.

Along with residents, Tree Committee members, Franklin Land Trust staff, foresters from state Department of Conservation and Recreation will be on hand to conduct a tree planting demo 9 a.m. at 10 Birch St. and to help community members plant trees.

“Tree planting is a wonderful way to build connections with our neighbors,” says John Bottomley, a Greenfield Tree Committee member. “In addition, trees beautify the neighborhood and benefit the environment for years to come.”

Previous neighborhood tree planting locations have included Hope, Washington and Haywood Streets, among others, as well as Oak Courts.

“I love that many people who live on our street are enthusiastic about trees and that they understand the many benefits provided by trees, including higher property values, lower summertime cooling costs, more habitat for birds and pollinators, better mental health and so many more,” says Alyssa Larose, Birch Street resident.

The Birch Street tree planting event is part of a larger tree planting project in Greenfield, made possible by a U.S. Forest Service grant, in partnership with the Franklin Land Trust, state Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Tree Committee and Greenfield Department of Public Works. Thanks to this grant, Greenfield will plant about 800 trees along downtown streets and in neighborhoods in the next three years.

Franklin Land Trust staff will be on hand to answer questions about the tree grant.

“Planting a tree is something we can all do to mitigate the impacts of climate change,” says Melissa Patterson, director of Community Outreach and Education at Franklin Land Trust. “We can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the changes we are seeing due to climate change, but this project enables Greenfield residents to do something that is proven to make a difference — planting trees!”

To request a free tree for your tree belt or front yard, call the Greenfield Department of Public works at 413-772-1528. For information about the May 18 tree planting, go to https://www.facebook.com/Greenfieldtree/. To make a donation to the Greenfield Tree Committee go to https://www.greenfieldtreecommittee.org/.


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