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Trees make our life, our neighborhood, our city, our climate and our world better. The Richard Gale Memorial Tree Planting Program, a committee of the Amesbury Improvement Association, is dedicated to increasing the tree canopy in the city of Amesbury by planting free trees in residents’ and businesses’ yards.
This year we partnered with the Amesbury Public Library for an Arbor Day event. On April 29, families enjoyed the many activities of youth librarian Clare Dombrowski while our committee planted an American elm that will eventually provide shade for library events in their side garden. As the last of the mulch was spread around the tree, Mayor Kassandra Gove read out an Arbor Day proclamation. The night before we had planted a black tupelo, a red maple and an American elm near the playground in the city park.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Institution from Savings, financial support from the City of Amesbury, a Tuesday night fundraiser hosted by Flatbread, and donations from local residents, we’ve been able to fulfill our mission this year. Thanks are also due to the Amesbury Department of Public Works for encouragement and heavy equipment, Mayor Gove and her staff for their support, and the Amesbury Public Library youth services. Of course, the trees would not have been planted without the actual work of the committee members (Derek Estabrooks, Linda and Paco Villalobos, Carol and Joe Finn, Anne Ferguson, Nick Wheeler, Paul Bareford, and Tom Murphy) with the help of some community volunteers. Thank you all!
And we also thank all of the residents of Amesbury who this spring and previous springs are tending a free tree provided by our committee. Your commitment is important.
Our program has ended for this year – 33 trees have been planted in public squares and in residents’ yards and nearly 100 white spruce sticks have been given away. If you are interested in receiving more information about our program or to register for next year, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Amesbury Trees Facebook page.
Chairman of the Richard Gale Memorial Tree Program