In front of the old Survival Center, May, 2014 (photo by Tom Lynn)
The town has extended its three year planting effort for a fourth year to finish planting 2,000 new shade trees along town roads. In 2013, 325 trees were planted. Last year, about 600 more went in. As of October 15, 2015, 1100 new trees have been planted. We hope to get the rest of the trees in the ground in 2016. Meanwhile, our shade tree committee continues with our own planting projects:
Amherst Neighborhood Tree Stewards Program (ANTS)
Each year we seek one neighborhood interested in working together to plant new shade trees. Participants work with us to select, plant, water, mulch and learn how best to care for young trees. In our first year with this program, 2012, we chose Woodside Ave. and planted 14 new public shade trees. In 2013, we picked the Blue Hills Road neighborhood. 2014 saw us planting 10 new trees along Fisher and Harris Streets with loads of help from the neighborhood. In 2015, we selected Potwine Lane and planted 18 trees! We took 2016 off but start planning for your neighborhood to be selected in 2017!
We invite you and your neighborhood to apply for the 2017 ANTS Project. You can fill out a form here. For more info, please contact Nancy Higgins.
Second Saturday Planting Project
The Public Shade Tree Committee also plants trees on the second Saturday of every month. The planting continues what began in the fall of 2012, when the committee planted a ceremonial tree on Jeffrey Lane to recognize Bill Hutchinson for his years of service to the committee.
Plantings for 2017:
North Pleasant Street
East Street Common
South Pleasant Street
April: N. Pleasant Street by UMass
May: Rolling Green
June: Hallock Street
July: Colonial Village
Sept.: Chestnut Court
Nov.: Hobart Lane
Future Proposed sites:
Fort River School
Celebrate Public Shade Tree Planting in Amherst 2016
The Amherst Public Shade Tree Committee (APSTC) invites you and your neighborhood to apply to become this year's Neighborhood Tree Steward Project. We're seeking one Amherst neighborhood in need of public shade trees with several interested households to work with us. We will help you select, plant, water, mulch, and learn how to care for your newly planted trees. Last October, we worked with neighbors on Potwine Lane and planted 18 new public shade trees. Interested? Contact Nancy Higgins.