Green Team holds inaugural Arbor Day celebration

Bay Councilman Dwight Clark and his wife, Nancy, plant an Eastern Redbud seedling tree in their front yard with help from Green Team members Mike Welch, Dan Krieg and Christine Demeter.

The Bay Village Green Team celebrated Arbor Day and our Tree City USA status on Saturday, April 28, by planting over a dozen Eastern Redbud and other indigenous trees in Bay. Residents and city leaders graciously volunteered their yards for a group of Green Team members to plant a seedling tree, that granted, appears to be a twig now, but will grow into a flowering yard feature that aids in beautifying our neighborhoods, improving the diversity of our woodlands and controlling storm water runoff. 

Residents including Jerrie, Dan, Warren, Mike, Christine and Pat, along with all the council members (Scott, Clete, Karen, Dave, Dwight, Paul and Mike) and Mayor Sutherland, helped to support this initiative by allowing the Green Team to plant a seedling tree in their yard, or volunteering a neighbor that was wanting a new tree.

More trees are available, so please volunteer your yard for a free tree planting. This year’s trees were provided by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District. We have Eastern Redbud, Black Cherry, Spicebush, American Plum and White Pine seedlings. 

You can call me at home, 440-808-0429, to inquire about obtaining a free tree. Aid in planting the tree is also provided by the Green Team. More details on the various types of trees offered by the Green Team are available on the Arbor Day Foundation website, 

We are hoping to make this an annual event, and have picked the Eastern Redbud as our primary tree to be planted for its compact but colorful presence. Ten years from now, we envision having Bay residents see these trees and appreciate the sustainable efforts of our community.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:12 AM, 05.01.2012