Westborough joins Tree City USA program
Westborough – In honor of Arbor Day and Westborough’s acceptance into the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program, a flowering pear tree was planted in front of the White Hen Pantry May 11. Since the start of the Tree City USA program in 1976, over 3,400 communities in the country have been awarded the distinction.
Town Selectman Tim Dodd suggested the program last year. Since then, Westborough approved a tree protection bylaw, which was drafted and adopted by Town Meeting. That is one of four standards required for a town to join the Tree City USA program. The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters also require that a town institute a tree board or department, set up a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and establish an Arbor Day observance.
Tree Warden Tim Donovan and Assistant Tree Warden Dan Armstrong planted the Cleveland Select Pear tree, a medium-sized ornamental tree that produces white blossoms in the spring and develops bright autumn color. The species is also known to withstand storm damage including snow, ice and high winds.
The Department of Public Works (DPW) joined the Arbor Day celebration by providing 50 free Blue Spruce saplings to town residents.
“It’s first come, first served,” said DPW Assistant Manager Richard Voutas. “Just stop by the [DPW] office s o n Oa k Street.”
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