WESTBOROUGH – Westborough is gearing up to celebrate Arbor Day on April 29.
The Tree Division of the Department of Public Works will be planting a tree at Greg’s Field on Upton Road as part of those celebrations.
The Select Board additionally read its annual Arbor Day proclamation during its March 22 meeting, which is part of a list of requirements to maintain Westborough’s designation as a Tree City USA.
Tree City USA is a program established through the Arbor Day Foundation. It has designated Westborough as a Tree City for the past 12 years.
According to the Tree City website, communities can receive recognition by meeting four standards — including the maintenance of a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.
Locally, Marlborough has also been a Tree City USA for the past decade.
In the proclamation, Select Board member Allen Edinberg noted that trees reduce the erosion of “precious” topsoil. They also help cut heating and cooling costs, moderate temperature, produce oxygen and provide wildlife habitats.
Trees in Westborough increase property values and enhance the economic vitality of business areas, Edinberg read.
“Trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy,” Edinberg continued.