Late last year, the Shelburne Parks and Recreation Committee approached the Shelburne Tree Advisory Committee about addressing the health of the trees at the beach, and whether some needed to be removed. The Parks and Recreation Committee asked for recommendations on the types of tree species to plant and which locations were conducive, based on the activities that occurred at the beach.
The Tree Advisory Committee applied for and received a grant from the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program 25-year Celebration program, to plant two new trees at the beach. This grant celebrates 25 years of the Urban and Community Forestry programs efforts of planting trees in Vermont communities. The grant required a match, which the Tree Advisory Committee agreed to provide through its Tree Fund. The Tree Advisory Committee raised money through a raffle it held at Shelburne Days.
The two committees celebrated receiving this grant by planting two new river birch trees at the Shelburne beach on Saturday Oct. 15 with approximately 25 committee members and Town officials on hand.
In addition, they celebrated the planting of a memorial tree: a Japanese tree lilac, in memory of Eleanor ‘Nori’ Sims.
This is the beginning of landscape improvements at the beach. This fall, a UVM landscape design class will be assisting with creating a master plan for the beach, which will help guide the Parks and Recreation Committee in its long term goal of improving the landscape there, with the Tree Advisory Committee continuing to work with them on this effort.