By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor
WESTBOROUGH – While the region recently celebrated Earth Day, students at Armstrong Elementary School in Westborough also recognized Arbor Day on April 30.
As such, they planted a pair of trees on their school’s campus with the help of the Westborough Tree Planting Initiative (WTPI).
“We at WTPI are hoping to let the community know what we are up to and about and, most importantly, how other members of the community can help going forward,” group member Eric Waite wrote in a message to the Community Advocate.
The Tree Planting Initiative is an offshoot of the Sustainable Westborough Committee.
Waite said that Westborough has cut down over 2,000 of its trees in the last ten years. In response, he said just one percent of that canopy loss has been replaced.
“Knowing how beneficial a healthy tree canopy is to the town, WTPI has worked to get stakeholders together…and see what we can do to get more trees planted.”
The tree planting at Armstrong Elementary was part of that stakeholder outreach.
Moving forward, the Tree Planting Initiative aims to plant 250 new trees in town each year.