Tree planting ceremony, Friday, April 28, at 10 am, at the corner of Pierce & Davis Street
On Friday, April 28, at 10 am, everyone is invited to Greenfield’s annual Arbor Day tree planting celebration at the corner of the Girls Club of Greenfield’s property at Pierce and Davis Street. The celebration is a collaborative effort of the Town of Greenfield, Eversource and the Greenfield Tree Committee. It also marks the Arbor Day Foundation’s 17th annual recognition of Greenfield as a “Tree City USA.”
“We are thrilled that the Girls Club of Greenfield has been chosen for an Arbor Day tree,” said Nadine Benzaia. “To prepare for the day, the children have been talking about trees, and learning a new tree song.”
During the celebration, Mayor Martin will read the Arbor Day proclamation, and the children may sing a song, and then the DPW will invite everyone to help with the final planting. "For Arbor Day we have chosen to plant a disease resistant elm, because it is a majestic and sturdy tree that will thrive for many years," said Martin.
This tree will be donated by Eversource. Eversource will also be donating 10 to 12 trees for planting in various locations throughout the town.
Greenfield’s Arbor Day celebrates the value and importance of urban trees to beautify our homes and downtown areas, as well as reduce downtown summer temperatures by about ten degrees, reduce storm water runoff, and improve air quality.
The Arbor Day planting is just the first of over 50 trees that will be planted in Greenfield this spring, which is the 3rd year of a commitment to plant over 500 trees in the next 10 years. “This year the DPW aims to plant at least 50 trees,” said Don Ouellette, DPW Director. “We are committed to help people replace trees they have lost from their tree belts as well as continue to make our downtown more beautiful.”
To request a free tree from the Town for your front yard or tree belt, please contact Janine Greaves in the Greenfield DPW office at 413-772-1528, x6106.