Group Hug for a Tree

Friday, October 21, 2011 by

Group Hug for a Tree

Group Hug for a Tree -Press Photo Opportunity

Friday, October 21, 2011 10am
Where: On Alpine Road in front of
First Church of Christ, Scientist,
4555 N Spring Creek Rd.
(Park in the church lot off Spring Creek Rd.)


To show their love for community trees, students of Montessori Private Academy will embrace a huge, ancient bur oak in a warm ‘group hug’. The tree, at the intersection of Alpine and Spring Creek Rd is a community landmark.

The ‘hug’ is part of the launch of Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden’s new Community Trees Advocate Program which will help advocate for trees and encourage tree planting and care. Klehm Board President John Richards says, “While we have tree treasures throughout our community, this particular oak was here long before Rockford was.”

Students will wrap a banner around the tree’s trunk, decorated to suggest hugs, made by second-grade students from Lathrop Elementary School.

“Our students will measure the height, girth and spread of this massive tree and submit it to the National Register of Big Trees,” says Mary Dunkel, Interim Executive Director of the Montessori Private Academy.

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