Meredith just keeps getting prettier! This Friday, April 30th is Arbor Day, and the Beautification and Conservation Fund of The Greater Meredith Program has coordinated with the town and private citizens to place two Princeton American Elm Trees in Community Park on Main Street as part of the second phase of its tree planting program in Meredith. The organization also plans to plant approximately 25 trees on both public and private land in Meredith over the course of this summer.
The fund’s first phase began in June of 2009, when eight maple trees were planted on the new section of Boynton Road, and in July, a lovely October Glory Maple was placed in the roundabout. A third phase of approximately 15 trees is planned for next summer.
By planting the trees in Community Park this Arbor Day, the Town of Meredith will qualify as a Tree City USA community again this year. In order to quality for Tree City certification, a town or city must meet certain standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of Foresters to ensure the community has a viable tree management program. Receiving this certification will allow the town to receive extra points for external funding.
The Beautification and Conservation Fund of Meredith was established in January of 2009 to bring streetscape trees to the village’s core area and the Route 3 and 25 corridors. The fund is generated by donations from guests staying at Harbor Hill Campground, the Meredith Inn, and the Inns & Spa at Mill Falls, where each guest pays a voluntary $1.50 per night toward the fund.
Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. It is celebrated on the last Friday of every April. Many communities and private groups, including The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls, will also be planting new trees on this day! Come on down and join in the fun!
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