Three crabapple trees will be planted in front of the East Greenwich Police Station Saturday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. the East Greenwich Tree Association announced. The newly-formed group is holding the tree planting with assistance from the Cindy-Wood Garden Club, the Main Street Association and the Town of East Greenwich.
The event marks the first public effort by the EG Tree Association to promote the planting of trees in East Greenwich.
The group is promoting trees both because of the beauty they offer and the shade they provide, according to a press release issued by the group. Trees also consume carbon dioxide and emit oxygen – cleaning the air.
The group said there are other benefits as well, noting a study by a researcher at Texas A&M University, which found that cars drive more slowly on tree-lined streets.
In addition, urban planner David Sucher’s book, City Comforts, makes the argument that trees improve property values: “Even streets of modest houses gain a grandeur and presence when treed.”
In recent years, East Greenwich – particularly the Hill and Harbor neighborhoods – has lost a number of trees to storms, age and disease, according to the EG Tree Committee. While some have been replaced, many have not. The EG Tree Association formed earlier this year to promote tree planting along streets and other public areas, as well as to provide a resource for residents looking to plant one tree or several.
This all-volunteer group is also looking for more members – anyone with an interest in trees and keeping East Greenwich beautiful is welcome to join. Tree knowledge, while helpful, is not a requirement.
Come on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. for the planting of three Royal Raindrops crabapple trees. Children are welcome.