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TD Bank adds 50 trees to East Boston Greenway

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  October 20, 2011 11:13 AM

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(Courtesy Boston Natural Areas Network)

Volunteers from TD Bank planted trees at the Gove Street entrance to the East Boston Greenway.

The East Boston Greenway gained some greenery recently, as volunteers planted 50 new trees at the Gove Street entrance to the neighborhood-spanning pathway.

The planting was the kickoff event for a nationwide effort by TD Bank and Alliance for Community Trees to add foliage to selected communities. This first TD Tree Day was organized in cooperation with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Boston Natural Areas Network.

“This project with TD Bank will have an immediate impact in creating shade, shelter and comfort for Greenway users and East Boston residents,” Valerie Burns, president of Boston Natural Areas Network, said in a statement. “The Greenway is a heavily used central artery for pedestrians, bicyclists and visitors to East Boston, and is a critical route to transit and shopping for residents in a neighborhood that has one of the lower rates of car ownership in the city.”

About 50 TD Bank employees volunteered for the Eastie planting event. Other tree planting events are taking place across the country throughout October, when Alliance for Community Trees celebrates National NeighborWoods Month. Following planting, TD Bank will continue to support long-term maintenance of the trees.

“The need for additional trees in these urban areas cannot be overstated,” said Gerry Guidice, a senior vice president for the bank and chairman of its Green Council, in the statement. “They will enhance the local environment and provide important benefits, including increased shade and improved air quality.”

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(Courtesy Boston Natural Areas Network)

In attendance at the tree planting event were Marc Crandall, regional president of TD Bank; Valerie Burns, president of Boston Natural Areas Network; Antonia Pollak, commissioner of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department; and City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina.

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