In Nova Scotia, Arbour Day is celebrated on Thursday of the first full week of May. To mark the occasion, Bridgetown's Tree Committee and Bridgetown Regional Elementary held an assembly this morning to discuss the importance of trees in regulating heat in our homes, carbon dioxide in our air, and water in our soil.
Then, everyone trundled out into a light spring rain to plant an Autumn Blaze Maple - the species selected by the students to take up residence at BRES's southwest corner, very near two large stumps of lost elms that used to shade recess play at the school.
During the assembly Mayor Art Marshall presented John Wightman (past chairman of the Tree Committee) with a framed certificate thanking him for more than thirty years dedication to the preservation of Bridgetown's tree heritage.
After the ceremony, some lingered to contemplate the new addition and express some consternation: this spot has been planted once before in recent years. Sadly, that tree was lost to an act of vandalism.
After some tinkering to position the tree to stand up to prevailing winds and discussion of how to stake it to survive exposure to random acts of horseplay and errant soccer balls, the stragglers dispersed in the hope that this maple is forever.