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New Rochelle's Almstead Celebrates Arbor Day With Tree Planting

Arborist Jeff Delaune and the Almstead crew plant an 8 foot river birch tree in Crawford Park.
Arborist Jeff Delaune and the Almstead crew plant an 8 foot river birch tree in Crawford Park. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Almstead Tree and Shrub Care Company celebrated Arbor Day in the Town of Rye this year by donating and planting an 8-foot river birch tree in Crawford Park in Rye Brook.

New Rochelle-based Almstead will also take responsibility for pruning and maintaining the tree in the coming years. River Birch is a medium-sized, fast-growing, deciduous tree that thrives in our region. Young trees have multi-colored peeling bark in shades of tan, brown, pink and cream. Older trees develop gray, flaky bark on the lower trunks.

“Planting trees and taking part in local events in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut during Arbor Week is a tradition for us,” said Michael Almstead, vice president of Almstead. “It’s our way of giving back to the communities we serve.”

The tree planting, which took place on Arbor Day, April 29, was coordinated with the Town of Rye, and The Friends of Crawford Park, an all-volunteer organization that maintains and beautifies the park.

“We are so happy to have Almstead donate this tree,” said Laura Klein, from The Friends of Crawford Park. “We recently lost some trees by Lincoln Avenue. It stays pretty wet down there so we thought a River Birch would be a great choice.”

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