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It's a wonderful day for "Transformation Trails : from Prison to Park - Warwick NY's Arboretum with Pollinator Meadows, Sculpture and History" ... as the brand new park's Arboretum really begins to take shape!

Twenty seven trees were planted by about 60 people this morning - including Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton - bringing the "new tree" count of NY's Best New Park up to thirty three!

Seven trees with heavy root balls wrapped in burlap were graciously planted by Town of Warwick's Department of Public Works, and the remaining 20 “bare-root” trees were planted by Tree Commissioner Karen Emmerich and Connor Smith - who gave a live tree planting demo to members of the Warwick Shade Tree Commission and other volunteers.

Trees planted include a Metasequoia sponsored by AGRISCULPTURE, a Golden Raintree sponsored by Emmerich Tree Farms as well as a red oak, a pignut hickory, a paperbark maple, a yellowwood, a flamethrower redbud and more - additionally made possible by a donation from Sustainable Warwick as well as a grant from the NYS Urban Forestry Council - given in recognition of Warwick’s having been a designated Tree City for more than five years.

In addition to this Arboretum, Transformation Trails will also include two large pollinator meadows sponsored by Sustainable Warwick, a sculpture garden to be established by AGRISCULPTURE Founder Amy Lewis Sweetman, a variety of walking paths, including one with exercise stations sponsored by the Hudson Sports Complex, and an education center for school programs.

Stay tuned for more exciting developments inside Transformation Trails!


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