Bedford Celebrates Arbor Day

Open Maps representation of the Jenks Nature Trail - Courtesy Alan Bragg
Open Maps representation of the Jenks Nature Trail – Courtesy Alan Bragg

Submitted by Jaci Edwards, Chair, Bedford Arbor Resources Committee

Bedford celebrates Arbor Day annually with a variety of activities: a talk, a month-long display in the window of the Public Library next to the children’s room, and, of course, the planting of a tree.

The Arbor Resource Committee (BARC) and Department of Public Works (DPW), together with the volunteer Jenks Nature Trail Working Group (JNTWG), sponsor an arbor-related talk. This year’s, our eleventh, was “The Evolution of Landscape Stewardship at Mount Auburn Cemetery” by Paul Kwiatkowski, the Conservation and Sustainability Manager at this National Historic Landmark. While it included some beautiful pictures, Mr. Kwiatkowski’s focus was on their sustainable horticultural practices. The talk was taped by and will be aired on BedfordTV.

Maple sugaring display at the Bedford Free Public Library - Courtesy image
Maple sugaring display at the Bedford Free Public Library – Courtesy image

This April, you can see BARC’s display of maple sugaring in Bedford, including a gallon of sap and the tiny container of syrup it makes when you go by the children’s room in the library.

And, to top off our celebration, every year on the morning of Arbor Day, the Department of Public Works plants a tree. This year, as in the past several, the DPW planted a specimen tree in the Jenks Nature Trail as part of the town’s effort to revitalize our own, century-old arboretum. The tree is a Princeton elm, a disease-resistant variant of the native elm.

DPW staffers Dan Paolucci and Jim Galipeau planted the new tree in the Jenks Nature Trail - Courtesy image
DPW staffers Dan Paolucci and Jim Galipeau planted the new tree in the Jenks Nature Trail – Courtesy image

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