Trees for Free Taking Root in Town

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By the time you read this, fifteen new trees will have been planted in front lawns throughout town. From East and North Streets to LaFountain and Mather, along Russell and Hill Streets to Ratley and North Stone, the goal is to “grow” Trees for Suffield.

Photo by Sue Mayne
This spot, earmarked for a red maple, has been pre-approved by Call Before You Dig through a joint effort with Suffield Public Works.

The Trees for Free program is a collaborative effort between The Suffield Tree Committee, the Town of Suffield, and the Suffield Garden Club, with major funding provided by the Suffield Greater Together Community Fund at Hartford Foundation. Homeowners in town who apply and pledge to be caretakers are important partners in bringing beauty and shade cover to our community. One homeowner expressed surprise that he was able to host a new tree. When he brought in his coupon (clipped from the Observer) to the town hall he was sure there would be a catch. “I don’t live on Main Street so I didn’t think I could get a tree.”

His tree was planted in early October.

With advice from professionals, homeowners will help ensure the success of the trees by watering them regularly, being cautious with mowers and equipment and weeding and mulching when needed.

The Trees for Suffield Initiative hopes to plant trees around town for the next ten years, promising a cool, leafy future for our residents and descendants.

To learn more, visit and watch for more updates like this one. Thanks to everyone who has helped bring this project to life.

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