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http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Greenwich-Tree-Conservancy-anniversary-comes-at-a-11098502.php

GREENWICH — The Greenwich Tree Conservancy has planted more than 2,500 trees in town over the past 10 years.

To celebrate its accomplishments, its decade anniversary and Arbor Day, the conservancy is

  • Last fall, the Greenwich Tree Conservancy planted this tree, marked by a green bag to retain moisture, on Halsey Drive in Havemeyer Park, Old Greenwich, Conn. This tree is one of 2,500 planted in the past decade by the organization. Photo: Bob Luckey Jr. / Hearst Connecticut Media / Greenwich Time

hosting its 10th Tree Party in the McArdle’s Greenhouse on Friday.

“James (McArdle) is on our advisory committee and has been from the beginning,” said Tree Conservancy Executive Director JoAnn Messina. “We are really thrilled that he has continued to be so generous in allowing us to have it there.”

Tickets to the 6:30 p.m. party, $150-$1,000, are available at greenwichtreeconservancy.org.

The anniversary comes at a time when the conservancy is in the middle of big plans for Greenwich.

“Our main focus is to plant trees on public land,” Messina said. But added that is not where the group’s mission ends, she added.

The conservancy also is working to create a townwide arboretum in Greenwich. The goal is for every major park to have labeled trees and trails that lead people to them. The effort began with the labeling of 25 tree species in Bruce Park last summer.

The project will enable conservationists to create an inventory of the trees in town, which will allow project leaders to determine what species should be added to the Greenwich forest.

“The arboretum is very much a current project,” Messina said. “May 21 we are going to open two other loops in Bruce Park where there will be about 100 other trees identified and labeled. So that’s really exciting.”

The group has set as another goal the greening of Greenwich parking lots.

“This is something we’ve tried to have happen for a few years now,” said Messina. “We have money set aside, we’ve tried to meet with the town: We met with the Department of Public Works, administrators. We keep thinking something will happen but we haven't been successful as of yet.”

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