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Greenscape TF enters last phase of locating tree sites

After 2 1/2 years of work, the Greenwich Post Road Greenscape Task Force is entering the final leg of an important project to transform Route 1 from Port Chester to Stamford into a graceful tree-lined boulevard.

A group of dedicated individuals including the Town Tree Warden has been steadily walking the entire length of the Route 1 corridor marking locations for as many as 500 trees. The Department of Public Works has then followed their path, verifying that each proposed tree location meets Town highway and safety standards.

Once the flagging is completed, a detailed Landscape Plan will be submitted for approval to the CT Department of Transportation, which controls the Route 1 right-of-way. The proposal will then follow town processes for approval.

The Greenscape Task Force was initiated to implement goals contained in the Town’s 2019 Plan of Conservation and Development. It includes members of the Architectural Review Committee, the Town Tree Warden, Greenwich Tree Conservancy, the Conservation Department and the Department of Public Works as well as town residents.

This project will help ensure Greenwich’s natural beauty and sustainability are enhanced for generations to come. The Greenwich Tree Conservancy funded the cost of both the trees and their installation and has agreed to plant the 500 trees over the next 4 years. Maintenance will be part of the Parks and Recreation Department’s routine tree care throughout Town. The trees have been selected to conform with Eversource’s standards for power line protection.

The last leg of marking these tree sites will begin on Thursday, May 26, 1:30pm, at 1330 E. Putnam Avenue in Old Greenwich. First Selectman Fred Camillo and State Representatives will be in attendance.

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