On Friday, April 30, Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Mayor Michael Newhard, Councilman Floyd DeAngelo, other local officials and members of the Warwick Valley Gardeners, the Tree Commission and residents assembled at Union Corners Park near the dog park area.
Although there were high winds and gusts that morning, they braved the conditions and assembled to celebrate Arbor Day and the planting of a flowering crab apple.
The Arbor Day ceremony was held by the Warwick Valley Gardeners in collaboration with the Warwick Tree Commission.
It was also another year that the Town of Warwick had been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
According to the National Garden Bureau, designation as a Tree City, USA is an asset to any town or village.
Communities are judged on having a tree commission, an inventory of trees, a tree planting, replacement policy and a preservation program.
“The Town is grateful to our Tree Commission and the Warwick Valley Gardeners for their beautiful gift to our park as well as for all they do as stewards of our environment here in Warwick,” Sweeton said. “We are committed to maintaining our status as a recognized Tree City.”
Patricia Reinhardt, chair of the Arbor Day Committee and a member of the Warwick Valley Gardeners, served as emcee and introduced the guest speakers.
She also encouraged people to volunteer for the Warwick Gardeners, which, in the past six months, had seen an increase of 21 new members.
During her talk, Reinhardt quoted from a poem by E.E. Cummings: “I thank You God for this most amazing day for the leaping greenly spirits of trees ....”
The ceremony concluded with everyone invited to pick up the ceremonial shovel and toss some fresh soil on the new tree.