Tree Honoring Rachel Murphy Will Be Planted on Saturday

April 26, 2024
Two American Elms were planted at Shawsheen Cemetery on Friday in honor of Arbor Day. Courtesy photo

On Saturday at noon, everyone is invited to the James F. Sullivan Playground to join members of the Bedford Arbor Resources Committee (BARC) for a tree-planting demonstration. This tree will honor the memory of Rachel Murphy. She was a founding member of Concerned Black Citizens of Bedford and was an early supporter of METCO. She also played a pivotal role in promoting trees in Bedford.

The James F. Sullivan Playground is at the end of Eliot Road, just off of South Road.

On Friday, to observe Arbor Day, the Bedford Department of Public Works planted two American Elms cultivars at Shawsheen Cemetery. Members of the Facilities Department used backhoes, hand tools, and sweat to put the trees in their new home. 

Nick Pouliot, Bedford’s Tree Warden, said, “This strain [of American elm] is blight resistant, grows fast, and provides good shade.”

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Friday was also the debut of Bedford’s new water truck. This will give the Town the ability to properly care for all newly planted trees by watering them for at least three years.  

Members of BARC were on hand to enjoy the event, and to check on trees planted last year for Arbor Day. Those trees were seen to be thriving.   

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