There are 3 subjects I know will always generate huge “06880” reader reactions:
Parking. Dogs. And trees.
The first 2 are predictable parts of Westport life. The 3rd may be less intuitive.
But as regularly as power goes out when the wind blows, any time I post a tree story we get comments from readers who mourn the loss of every tree. And from others who say hey, easy come, easy go.
Yet — until the other day — I had no idea that both tree huggers and Paul Bunyans could find common purpose.
That’s when alert — and arboreal-minded — reader Johanna Rossi told me about the Friends of Parks & Recreation’s Arbor Program.
Full disclosure: I didn’t even know the Friends group existed, either. They’re a public-private partnership that finances worthwhile projects and services, beyond those paid for by tax dollars.
The website of the Friends of Parks & Recreation website includes a photo of the Longshore entrance — before the removal of several trees lining the entrance way. New trees have taken their place.
One of those programs can be found on the Friends’ website under the heading “Trees, Trees, Trees.” Launched last year, it’s a way to honor “the lives and achievements of friends and families.”
Working with Parks and Rec, tree warden Bruce Lindsay identifies locations where he’d like to plant trees. He notes the specimens and species that thrive there.
Donors can choose their location and tree. The price is based on the cost of planting, as well as a fund to support maintenance — fertilizing, watering, pruning, etc. — for 5 years.
Planting takes place in the spring and fall. Photos and biographical info can be displayed alongside the tree.
It’s a “living legacy” for people to celebrate those who, most probably, are no longer living.
There’s even a GPS locator to help identify locations and tree types. Right now, there are 2 sites: Winslow Park and Compo Beach.
Tree warden Bruce Lindsay has a plan to remove dead trees at Winslow Park — and replace them.
So the next time I post a story about tree removal, don’t click “Comments.”
Instead, donate a tree.