Bedford Celebrates Arbor Day, 2019 ~ A New Landscape and Education

Underway, a new landscape plan for 97 McMahon Road – Courtesy image (c) 2019 all rights reserved

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford has long been designated a Tree City and celebrates Arbor Day with enthusiasm each year with an annual tree planting, a well-attended program, and a display at the entrance to the Children’s Room at the library arranged by the Bedford Arbor Resources Committee (BARC).

A New Landscape for the John Glenn Middle School

While a new viburnum was installed on Arbor Day itself, a landscaping upgrade at the John Glenn Middle School took place on April 19 when Master Gardener and BARC member Melinda Dietrich, joined the DPW at the Middle School and reported, “Today’s planting was a great success. The plant stock was in excellent condition. Tree Warden Dennis organized the deliveries and coordinated the planting for 25 trees and shrubs. As part of the upgrade, the lawn was “sliced and seeded.”

Click this link to see some courtesy images of the installation.

According to BARC, a significant number of trees on the property were removed to keep leaves and pine needles from getting into the HVAC machinery on the roof of the Middle School.

The DPW partnered with BARC to develop the landscaping plan using single- and multi-trunk trees and shrubs that are both deciduous and non-deciduous. The plan will bring a variety of color, texture, and habit through flowers, leaves, bark, shape, and branching.

Using hardy species that are native to the area when possible, the new landscape is designed to be suitable for the needs of the school community, the DPW grounds crew, and residents. Reflecting Bedford’s long-term planning, the result is designed to be aesthetically pleasing, environmentally sustainable, diverse and resistant to climate change.

Bedford’s 14th Annual Arbor Day Talk

The Flint Room was full to overflowing to hear Christa Collins’s presentation, A Talk Around & About Bedford’s Urban Forest, inspired by Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees.

And, at the Bedford Free Public Library

The 2019 Arbor Day display in the case outside the Children’s Room at the Bedford Free Public Library – Image (c) JMcCT, 2019 all rights reserved

The display window next to the entrance to the library’s Children’s Room celebrated the Sudbury Valley Trustees with posters, book covers, an award, and a furry friend hiding in the corner.

About BARC, the Bedford Arbor Resources Committee

The 2019 Arbor Day speaker Christa Collins, seated with committee chair Jaci Edwards, with BARC committee members (l-r, back row) James Hudzik, Ken Prescott, Ruth Robinson, Daniel Churella, and Melinda Dietrich – Image (c) JMcCT, 2019 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

The Bedford Arbor Resources Committee exists to enhance the quality of life in Bedford by protecting and preserving, developing and managing the arbor resources on publicly-owned lands and by encouraging preservation and development of resources on private lands.

Along with a membership list, meeting agendas and minutes, the Committee’s page on the Town’s website includes useful links to the Committee’s full charge along with useful information: a Field Volunteer Guide: Citizen Inventory of Public Trees; information about Bedford’s Jenks Trail; the Massachusetts Prohibited Plant List; a Native Tree List; the New England Wild Flower Society’s list of Invasive Plants; suggestions for tree care; and Urban and Community Forestry.

Click this link to visit the BARC page on the Town of Bedford’s website.

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