Wrentham FOREST (Friends Organized to Restore Enduring Shade Trees) purchased and delivered 5 shade trees to the Wrentham Center Cemetery for planting by the Department of Public Works during the week of October 13. The planting was supervised by Ray Rose, Wrentham's Tree Warden and who is also responsible for the maintenance of Wrentham's cemeteries.
Funds for the purchase came from the Memorial Tree Fund established by Wrentham FOREST who accepts donations toward the planting of shade trees throughout the town on town owned land. A major source of funds is the R. J. Ross Funeral Home which has agreed to contribute $10.00 for each funeral conducted for a Wrentham resident. Other sources include individuals who wish to make a contribution in memory of a loved one for whom trees held significance.
The fund was started in July 2006 and the first planting was made in May of 2009 in front of the Old Fiske Museum and Gallery on East Street. Two matching ginko trees were chosen for this planting.
A second planting was made in May 2010 with a generous contribution from Mary-Alice Raymond in memory of her husband Dr. Bradley Raymond. Mrs.Raymond contributed funds which made possible the planting of five sycamore (London plane) trees adjacent to the Sweatt Field recreation area on Randall Rd.
FOREST has also organized the planting of trees in other parts of town working with the Recreation Committee to plant trees at the Rice Complex, the Wrentham PTO to plant trees along the Roderick playground, the Lion's Club to plant at the Fiske Library, and the Capachin family to plant in front of the health care building on Common St. which was the original site of the Maples Nursing Home.
The trees planted in the cemetery this fall, were Sugar Maple 'Bonfire', Sugar Maple 'Green Mountain' and Sawtooth Oak. They have been planted in the new section along Dedham St. where they will beautify both the cemetery as well as Dedham St. Wrentham FOREST is a non profit organization. We hope to continue to collect contributions to the Memorial Tree Fund so that additional trees can be planted in the cemetery as well as other public sites in town. You may contact Marj Immonen at 508-384-5306 for information or to make a contribution.
To see more pictures from the tree planting click here.
(Picture taken by Ellen Keiter.)