Fanwood Celebrates Arbor Day with First Outdoor Event in More Than a Year

Fanwood Arbor Day 2021
(above) Tree City USA flag

Fanwood Celebrates Arbor Day

Borough of Fanwood

The Fanwood Shade Tree Commission hosted its annual Arbor Day observance, cancelled last year due to COVID, in a scaled down, socially distanced event at Carriage House Park on Watson Road.

For the 28th consecutive year, Fanwood was awarded Tree City USA status, a distinction that recognizes the town’s efforts to preserve and care for trees, plant new ones and document those with longevity. The Tree City USA flag was proudly displayed by Shade Tree Commission chairman Steve Falco, commission members and children from the Park Middle School Environmental Club.

Commission member Dean Talcott reported that the commission is applying for a $2,500 state grant that will facilitate making the Carriage House/Borough Hall area into an arboretum. Talcott continues his work as a tree steward, documenting more than 100 trees of note across town.

Falco recognized the late Ken Blom, a public works employee who would demonstrate tree-pruning using the borough’s bucket truck at every Arbor Day event. Mr. Blom died unexpectedly earlier in the month.

Following the event, free cherry tree seedlings were available to anyone who wanted one.

Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell read the Arbor Day proclamation from the mayor and council.

Photos by Tom Kranz

Fanwood Arbor Day 2021
(above) Steve Falco hosted this year’s event.
Fanwood Arbor Day 2021
(above) Free seedlings were available at the event.
Fanwood Arbor Day 2021
(above) Councilwoman Mitchell reads the Arbor Day proclamation.