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Greenwich Tree Conservancy Celebrates Arbor Day

Members want more trees planted in parking lots

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Greenwich, CT | Added on April 27, 2013 At 09:47 PM

The Greenwich Tree Conservancy celebrated Arbor Day and its 6th anniversary at McArdle's Greenhouse Friday night.

Money raised this year will help fund a program that would allow the conservancy to plant trees around parking lots in downtown Greenwich. 

"Specifically this year, we are dealing with a new technology called Silva Cell," said Greenwich Tree Conservancy Executive Director JoAnn Messina. "Which is something that allows us to plant trees in parking lots, on sidewalks, and it can take traffic and the routes don't get compressed." 

The conservancy's president says supporters came together to help replant trees lost after hurricane sandy. 

"There was a great need to replenish the trees that were so important for the air quality as well as the general environment," said Greenwich Tree Conservancy President Peter Malkin.

"With all the storms we've had, we've been losing a lot of trees so we got to keep replacing them, and it keeps up the beauty of the town and also environmentally, it's really important," said Greenwich resident Kirsten Galef. 

Members say the new technology costs $10,000 for each installation. They also tell us they're hoping to raise 30 to 40,000 dollars. 

"Hopefully we're going to make our parking lot look as good as Lincoln Center or Metropolitan museum," said Malkin.

"We really want to educate people as to the benefits of trees and understanding that it's not only aesthetic, but it really is our wellbeing," said Messina.





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