The village of Greenfield was recognized on April 21 as a Tree City USA community, marking the third consecutive year the community has received the award from the National Arbor Day Foundation.
The Greenfield Tree Commission was established in 2012 with the intention of beautifying the community and one goal of the commission was for Greenfield to achieve Tree City USA status. At the time, Betty Bishop was city manager of Greenfield and she was able to accompany Greenfield Tree Commission members Patsy Smith and Kandace Wilson and current city manager Ron Coffey to Lebanon for the celebration.
To become a Tree City community, Greenfield had to meet requirements that included tree-related expenditures of at least $2 per capita, an active tree commission, an official observance of Arbor Day, and other activities. Other members of the Tree Commission include Betty Jackman, Larry Hayes and Phil Clyburn.
As part of the Tree Commission’s activities, 10 trees were planted in the downtown district in 2016, and 10 more trees were planted in April 2017 as beautification efforts continue.
All trees planted downtown in recent years have been privately funded. Anyone who would like to continue these tree-planting efforts can make a tax-deductible contribution payable to The Greenfield Foundation, P.O. Box 210, Greenfield, Ohio 45123. Please put the word “trees” in the memo field, Coffey advised.
The city manager expressed thanks to the tree commission members for their efforts, and also saluted Wendi Van Buren, urban forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, for her ongoing assistance and valuable advice.
Signs proclaiming Greenfield’s Tree City status are posted at several entrances to the community.
Signs at several entrances to Greenfield tout the village’s three years as a Tree City USA community.
Ten new Bowhall maple trees were planted in downtown Greenfield during April 2017.
Submitted by Ron Coffey, Greenfield city manager.