Arbor Day 2023!
The Connecticut Tree Protective Association was excited to celebrate Arbor Day with the winners of the Arbor Day poster contest “My Favorite Tree”. All fifth graders from the State of Connecticut were invited to participate and there were 96 posters submitted. The Arbor Day Committee had tough decisions to make to bring the winner posters to four. The towns that won were Southington, Northford, Sterling and Wolcott. The kids, their peers, teachers and family were invited to the Rocky Hill Home and Hospital to be a part of the tree planting and celebrate the winners of the poster contest. The tree donated for the planting was a red maple and was generously given by Eversource Energy.
The morning started with Sean Redding, Secretary/Treasurer of CTPA, giving a brief history of Arbor Day and the history of CTPA. The winners of the poster contest were asked to step forward and tell the crowd about their favorite tree and receive a goodie bag of items from CTPA. After photos and well wishes, Bud Neal, Past President of CTPA, led the charge to plant the new tree. Bud showed the attendees how to properly dig the hole and plant the tree as well as advising the importance of watering the tree. The entire event took about an hour and a half. The CTPA would like to thank the students, the teachers and all the families that came and especially and the volunteers that came from The Woodbury Post 155 American Legion and The Bethlehem Post 146 American Legion to help with the planting and took part in Arbor Day 2023.