Shelburne awarded grant for Parade Ground tree care

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Shelburne’s Parade Ground contains a variety of tree species such as these maples.

The Shelburne Tree Advisory Committee reports that Shelburne has been awarded a $1,350 grant to care for six trees showing wear and tear on the parade ground green in the village.

The Caring for Canopy grant from the Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program will fund root invigoration for six ash and sycamore trees along the north side of the parade that are most heavily affected during the summer months by vehicles and pedestrians.

Considered the heart of Shelburne, the parade ground is bordered by Church Street, Falls Road and U.S. Route 7. “The parade” was deeded to the town by Captain Benjamin Harrington, one of Shelburne’s original settlers, on April 18th, 1807.

Initially, the parade served as a space for military exercises. Today, this green space is home to spruce, ash, hemlock, oak, redbud, maple, and sycamore trees. It is used for a variety of purposes including the seasonal farmers market, the Boy Scouts annual holiday tree sale, barbecues hosted by local civic organizations, and Veterans Monument activities.

As a result of heavy use however, the soil has become compacted around the trees, which is harming their growth.

The upcoming root invigoration work by a tree service contractor will involve soil cultivation with added amendments of compost, biochar, and fertilizer. Community volunteers will be enlisted to mulch the beds around the trees. The project is scheduled for bidding with the goal of completing the work by the end of the year.

Proper maintenance and protection of parade ground trees will serve to improve long-term tree health, public safety, and preserve the parade ground landscape for the future use, enjoyment and environmental health of the community.

For more information and resources on help for community trees, visit the VUCFP website at

Submitted by Hope Johnson, Shelburne Tree Advisory Committee.

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