Submitted by the Bedford Arbor Resources Committee

Again in 2019, three special events are planned to celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, April 26. There will be a tree planting, a speaker program, and a static display at the library.

14th Annual Arbor Day Talk

The Bedford Arbor Resources Committee, the Department of Public Works and the Tree Warden invite you and your friends to join us for Christa Collins’s presentation, A Talk Around & About Bedford’s Urban Forest, inspired by Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees. The talk will take place at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 26 in the Flint Room on the second floor at Bedford’s Town Center (the yellow building). The talk is free, appropriate for all ages and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Most of us appreciate trees only for their beauty and shade. Christa Collins delves into the many reasons why trees – urban, suburban and wilderness – are so much more. Their multitude of contributions includes climate change mitigation; air and water purification; flood prevention; wildlife, insect and healthy-bacteria habitat; traffic calming; physical and psychological healing, including the ability to help lower rates of stress and blood pressure. They are critical for the well-being of our species and our planet. Further, she will explore some of the remarkable strategies healthy trees and forests use to survive and thrive. Finally, she will discuss the Bedford properties protected by the Sudbury Valley Trustees.

Christa Collins is Director of Land Protection for Sudbury Valley Trustees, a regional land trust that protects natural areas and farmland for wildlife and people. It collaborates with the Town of Bedford to help protect a number of properties, including the Hughes, O’Connor and Peppergrass Brook conservation areas and holds conservation restrictions on over 100 acres.

For information, email jaci929 @ verizon.net or 781-275-3536.

Annual Arbor Day Tree Planting

This year’s Arbor Day tree planting will take place at the Middle School at 10 am, on Arbor Day morning, Friday, April 26. The Tree Warden and his DPW crew will plant a native species tree. Reflecting a long-term perspective Bedford’s new landscape plan is designed to be aesthetically pleasing, environmentally sustainable, diverse and resistant to climate change.

Arbor Day Display

In April, BARC sets up a display related to the Arbor Day Talk in the window outside the Children’s Room at the Bedford Free Public Library.

The focus of this year’s display will be Christa Collins of the Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) and her Arbor Day talk, “A Talk Around & About Bedford’s Urban Forest: inspired by Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees.”

The talk will focus on the special world of trees and the specific world of Bedford’s conservation lands that are protected by SVT, including the Hughes, O’Connor and Peppergrass Brook conservation areas, and the 100+ acres they hold conservation restrictions on.

The display includes books, maps of Bedford and our conservation lands, a beautiful SVT trophy — and two tiny furry friends hiding in branches.

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