To the Editor:
The Ridgefield Tree Committee is still seeking assistance from interested town residents in accomplishing two initiatives.
Please note: the Town Hall meeting originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 has been postponed indefinitely, as the upcoming project to renovate Main Street traffic pattern/turn lanes/parking etc. has been delayed.
The construction project will necessitate a new plan for sidewalk planting areas, including shrubs and ground covers, and the Tree Committee will assist with the formation of a Main Street Beautification subcommittee, which will gather for its first meeting at a date and time to be announced.
Reminder: the Tree Committee will be updating the “Ridgefield’s Notable Trees” booklet (last published in 2010).
As a number of the 23 trees featured in the book — some of which were also listed as State Notable Trees by the Connecticut Botanical Society — have died and/or been removed, the committee is looking for nominations of specific trees that residents believe would qualify for inclusion in the upcoming edition.
We seek a variety of species of notable age or size, including both indigenous and unusual trees. We endeavor to include notable trees in all areas of the town, especially those trees that can easily be admired by pedestrians.
To be included, the tree should be in a public place — or at least visible from a public road — so that residents and other tree lovers can appreciate the natural beauty of these trees without infringing on anyone’s private property.
To suggest a specific tree (anywhere in the Town of Ridgefield) please contact the Tree Committee.
Anyone wishing to communicate with us can write to the Ridgefield Tree Committee at Town Hall, 400 Main Street, or call the Tree Warden’s office: 203-431-2358.
John Pinchbeck & Tom McManus
Ridgefield Tree Committee
Ridgefield, February 1