News from Kim Morris and the Bedford Garden Club:
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is now”
“THE BEDFORD GARDEN CLUB LAUNCHES COLOSSAL
TREE-PLANTING PROJECT, BRANCH OUT!
Goal is to get 2,020 saplings in the ground by the year 2020 with the help of local residents and organizations. At stake: the rural beauty, eco- health and rich, natural legacy of Bedford
How do you spell re-leaf? The Bedford Garden Club is rooted in the tradition of raising awareness about big environmental issues and inspiring immediate community-wide solutions.
Rather than regard the recent loss of hundreds of beloved Bedford trees as an irreparable devastation, the Garden Club sees it as an opportunity.
At 9 AM on Wednesday October 20th, at Bedford Village Hall, in conjunction with the Bedford 2020 Coalition, they will officially launch Branch Out! Planting Trees for Bedford’s Next Generation.
It is the kickoff event to 2011’s Bedford Garden Club Centennial Celebration. And in the spirit of getting everyone in town to “dig right in”, fifty 18-inch saplings will be given away to attendees.
In the coming months, on a semiannual basis, individual residents as well as local schools, houses of worship and community organizations will be encouraged to apply for 5—6 ft specimens. Buying trees through Branch Out! will save 50% off retail prices.
The event’s keynote speaker is Barbara Shea, founding president of the nationally-acclaimed Casey Tree Project which has been re-establishing the tree canopy in Washington DC since 2001. Shea, whose lecture topic is “From Washington, DC to Bedford: Lessons Learned from The Great Casey Tree Project”, is an urban forestry expert and consummate fundraiser (On her very first day on the Project, she had a donation check for $2 million in her hand). She will share the story of the success of Casey Trees and discuss ways to overcome the inevitable obstacles.
Remarks Branch Out! co-chairman Heather Langham “It would be a tragedy if a town famous for the magnificent 600 year old Bedford Oak suffers the same fate as so many lush, lovely once-tree-lined villages across the country. Last year alone, countless mature Bedford maples, sycamores and white oaks fell victim to storms, old age, salt run off and removal by utility companies. Replanting is a way of showing respect for our elders—in this case, the trees.” Branch Out! will inspire community members to replant these native treasures along Bedford’s residential and commercial roads for the purpose of both beautifying and, in some cases, restoring the original—and historical—verdant charm.
“The old adage ‘You reap what you sow’ couldn’t be more apt in this case,” says Branch Out!’s other co-chair Virginia Maybank. “From the typical tree removing pollutants from the air, shading your home and thus reducing heating and cooling costs, retaining rainwater which keeps our lakes and streams clean—the question is can we afford not to replant and leave our grandchildren a tree-bare Bedford?”
For more information as well as descriptions of the variety of Branch Out! tree specimens, costs and information on planting, please consult our website: www.bedford2020.org/branchout
Branch Out!’s premiere tree-planting is Arbor Day, April 29, 2011