Westport has many notable trees.
We also have 63 Notable Trees.
The capital letter difference is that those dozens of maples, birches, cedars, oaks and more are officially listed on a state database. Some are on public property; others on private land.
Established in 1985 by the Connecticut Botanical Society, Connecticut College Arboretum and Connecticut Urban Forest Council, the database offers an excellent way to maintain and honor our state’s arboreal heritage. Trees qualify through a 3-point formula: chest circumference, crown spread and height.
But Westport has gone even further.
Tree warden Bruce Lindsay created a “Notable Trees of Westport” calendar. He collected gorgeous photos of our town’s most Notable Trees — including a few that are not on the official list, but could be — and compiled them into a handsome booklet, for wall or desk.
Images include a black cherry at Birchwood Country Club, the oft-endangered sycamore at the corner of South Compo and the Post Road, a cherry blossom on the Gaults’ South Compo property, a white oak at the top of the Kings Highway Elementary School athletic fields, a copper beech at Longshore and a sweetgum at Winslow Park.
It’s a fundraiser. Money raised from sales of the $20 calendar supports healthcare for mature trees in town by the tree warden, and Westport Evergreen, a nonprofit that manages, maintains and improves open space throughout town. Its primary focus is the Wadsworth Arboretum and Baron’s South, and our many pocket parks.
Lindsay’s work builds on Don Snook’s in the 1990s, continued now by Dick Stein of the town tree board.
Just the other day, Lindsay found a rare turkey oak on Harvey Weinstein’s recently sold Beachside Avenue property.
And, Lindsay says, a woman asked if she could “sponsor” a white oak on Jesup Green. Her $250 contribution will pay for spraying, soil work, fertilizing and crown repair.
The calendars are available at two Town Hall offices: the tree warden (Room 206) and Public Works (Room 210). For more information, contact Bruce Lindsay directly: email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-341-1134.