EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Tuckahoe/Eastchester Girl Scouts celebrated the 350th anniversary of the town of Eastchester by planting 350 tree seedlings on Arbor Day.
More than 60 Girl Scouts took part in the planting on Friday, April 25, at Eastchester's Magic Treetures Forest Nursery on Highland Avenue in Eastchester. Almstead Tree Care Company donated 350 tree seedlings for the event. The Eastchester Treetures Forest, established in 2000, was the first of many special Treetures Forests around the United States, representatives said in a press release.
"Tuckahoe and Eastchester Girl Scouts came prepared with gloves, trowels, and watering cans to continue a 14-year tradition that results in saplings that graduate are transplanted and grow throughout the Town in their permanent homes in parks and private gardens," representatives said in the release. "Treeture costume characters joined the fun by cheering the Scouts and their friends on."
Eastchester Town Hall has a Norway spruce that originated at the Treetures Forest and was initially planted by a five-year-old scout, according to the release. The Norway spruce trees potentially grow to be 40 to 60 feet tall.
"The real magic in the Treetures Magic Forest Nursery is the children whose enthusiastic work makes the Program's slogan a reality: 'Because of Me, There Grows a Tree,'" representatives said.
The scouts participating were from troops 1525, 1575, 1536, 2542, 2939, 1531, 2493 and 1532.
Eastchester's Judith H. Blau created the Treetures Environmental Education Program and characters in 1986. She directs the program, has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service, United Nations Environment Programme, Alliance For Community Trees and many non-profit tree organizations nationally and internationally, according to the release.