GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Tree Committee, the Greenfield Department of Public Works and the Franklin Land Trust are seeking volunteers to help plant trees around the perimeter of Lunt Field on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
According to a press release from Melissa Patterson-Serrill, director of community outreach and education with the Franklin Land Trust, the effort is part of a plan to plant up to 800 trees throughout Greenfield, which is funded by a three-year grant from the United States Forest Service and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.
“This incredible effort wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and partnership between the Greenfield Tree Committee and the Department of Public Works,” Patterson-Serrill noted. “These two groups are making a tremendous and lasting impact on their city. Thanks to their hard work and commitment, Greenfield residents will be enjoying the benefits of trees for generations to come.”
One of the main goals of the project is to provide more shade to residents during the hot summer months. So far, the release states, Greenfield has planted 255 trees, with an additional 75 trees scheduled to be planted this fall.
Mike Duclos, DPW assistant field supervisor, has been leading the DPW’s tree planting efforts, planting 215 of the 255 trees planted so far.
“Not only has Mike overseen the planting of over 200 trees, but he is also dedicated to taking care of them,” noted Tree Committee member Mary Chicoine. “As more and more trees are planted, we have the challenge of keeping them watered during the first couple of years, especially when the weather is consistently hot and dry. Mike is making sure that these trees survive and thrive so that everyone will enjoy them in the years to come.”
Paul Raskevitz, DPW deputy director and tree warden, said the DPW has a long history of working with the Tree Committee.
“They are tirelessly working to engage more people to take action in their community through tree planting,” Raskevitz said of the committee. “It’s a great way for Greenfield residents to get involved and make a difference.”
According to the release, hand sanitizer, masks and disinfected tools will be available to anyone who volunteers to help plant trees at Lunt Field. Volunteers are asked to wear masks, and to bring their own snacks, water and tools if they can. Participants will be spread out across the field, making it easier to maintain social distancing, though families can work together.
Visit greenfieldtreecommittee.org or the Greenfield Tree Committee’s Facebook page to learn more about Saturday’s planting day, and for more information on how to get involved with tree planting efforts in Greenfield.