In front of the old Survival Center, May, 2014 (photo by Tom Lynn)
The town has extended its three year planting effort for a fourth year to finish planting 2,000 new shade trees along town roads. In 2013, 325 trees were planted. Last year, about 600 more went in. As of October 15, 2015, 1100 new trees have been planted. We hope to get the rest of the trees in the ground in 2016. Meanwhile, our shade tree committee continues with our own planting projects:
Neighborhood Tree Stewards Program
Each year we seek one neighborhood interested in working together to plant new shade trees. Participants work with us to select, plant, water, mulch and learn how best to care for young trees. In our first year with this program, 2012, we chose Woodside Ave. and planted 14 new public shade trees. In 2013, we picked the Blue Hills Road neighborhood. 2014 saw us planting 10 new trees along Fisher and Harris Streets with loads of help from the neighborhood. In 2015, we selected Potwine Lane and planted 18 trees!
We invite you and your neighborhood to apply for this year's Neighborhood Tree Steward Project. You can fill out an Online Form or contact Nancy Higgins.
New Application Deadline: September 1, 2016
Second Saturday Planting Project
The Public Shade Tree Committee also plants trees on the second Saturday of every month. The planting continues what began in the fall of 2012, when the committee planted a ceremonial tree on Jeffrey Lane to recognize Bill Hutchinson for his years of service to the committee.
Planned locations for 2016:
April 12: N. Pleasant Street by UMass
May 14: Rolling Green
June 11: Hallock Street
July 9: Colonial Village
September 10: Chestnut Court
Fort River School
Celebrate Public Shade Tree Planting in Amherst 2016
The Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee (APSTC) invites you and your neighborhood to apply to become this year's Neighborhood Tree Steward Project. We're seeking one Amherst neighborhood in need of public shade trees with several interested households to work with us. We will help you select, plant, water, mulch, and learn how to care for your newly planted trees. Last October, we worked with neighbors on Potwine Lane and planted 18 new public shade trees. Interested? Contact Nancy Higgins.