Bor­ough’s treescape gets im­prove­ments

Gar­den Club com­mit­tee uses grant money for trees

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Doreen Tango Hamp­ton LITCH­FIELD GAR­DEN CLUB

LITCH­FIELD — The Litch­field Gar­den Club’s Civic Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion & Projects Com­mit­tee, co-chaired by Jane Hinkel and MaryAnne Mc­Neill, be­gan plan­ning to ex­pand the treescape in the Bor­ough of Litch­field in Septem­ber 2017. A ma­jor un­der­tak­ing, the scope of the project in­volved ex­tend­ing the tree canopy on East and West Streets us­ing ma­ture trees of sig­nif­i­cant size.

A project of this mag­ni­tude re­quires sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing. In Oc­to­ber 2017, a grant ap­pli­ca­tion for $50,000 was sub­mit­ted to the Scherr-Thoss Foun­da­tion, with the gar­den club pledg­ing an ad­di­tional $4,000 from its civic fund. The grant ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved, and fund­ing re­ceived in De­cem­ber 2017.

In­cluded in the pro­posal were two bids se­cured from lo­cal con­trac­tors. Both ven­dors toured the area and of­fered sug­ges­tions for pos­si­ble plant­ing sites and tree species.

Af­ter meet­ings with the Litch­field Town En­gi­neer and De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works, Kent Green­house in Kent was cho­sen for the project.

Through­out the win­ter of 2017-18, site vis­its by staff from the Kent Green­house re­sulted in 25 pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions for tree plant­ings. In March, the state Tree War­den, along with the land­scape de­signer at the state De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion, re­viewed the pro­posed sites and species. Ap­proval was granted to plant 16 trees on 15 sites.

The list in­cluded: red maple (Acer rubrum), amur maple (Acer gin­nala), sugar maple (Acer saccharum), three-flower maple (Acer tri­flo­rum), swamp oak (Quer­cus bi­color), chin­quapin oak (Quer­cus muh­len­be­gii), red oak (Quer­cus

rubra), river birch (Be­tula ni­gra), hack­berry (Celtis oc­ci­den­talis), dog­wood (Cor­nus kousa) and black gum (Nyssa syl­vat­ica).

All trees are na­tive to the North­east, with the ex­cep­tion of the tri­flo­rum maple, and will grow to vary­ing heights from 15-75 feet.

The fi­nal step in the process was ap­proach­ing the con­tigu­ous home­own­ers for ap­proval as re­quired by State of Con­necti­cut. Once granted, tree in­stal­la­tion be­gan in mid-June 2018.

With sea­sonal care con­sist­ing of weekly wa­ter­ing, weed-free wells, fer­til­iz­ing and mulch touchup, the trees will be deemed es­tab­lished and the ca­bles re­moved by sum­mer 2020.

To learn more about the Litch­field Gar­den Club, visit www. lit ch field gar­den club.org.

Litch­field Gar­den Club / Con­trib­uted photo

A team of land­scap­ers from Kent Green­house re­cently planted new trees on West Street in Litch­field. The project is part of a treescape im­prove­ment plan by the Litch­field Gar­den Club.

Litch­field Gar­den Club / Con­trib­uted photo

A mem­ber of the land­scape team from Kent Green­house stands by a root ball of a tree that was planted on West Street in Litch­field.

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