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Town Receives Generous Donation Of Trees From Young’s Nurseries

Published: October 7, 2017

Alissa Silber

    Those frequenting the Fairfield Hills Campus may have noticed some new additions on the property making the season’s fall foliage even more colorful.

    Last month, Young’s Nurseries of Wilton donated 28 of their trees to the Town of Newtown, to be used wherever needed.

    Young’s Nurseries owner Thomas Daily reached out to the town looking to find a good home for many of the trees on the nursery’s property, as the company was closing.

    After living in Newtown for 29 years, Mr Daily and his business partner, Scott Deniston, who is also a Newtown resident, wanted to give back to the community they care for deeply.

    “We thought it would be nice to give to our hometown and watch our trees grow,” Mr Daily said.

    He hoped that the town would be able to utilize the wide variety of trees they still had available on the property.

    Newtown Parks & Recreation Director Amy Mangold said that Mr Daily “was very generous and kind about it” and that the town is appreciative of the donation.

    The opportunity allowed for many of the town’s current projects to benefit, especially at Fairfield Hills.

    Carl Samuelson, assistant director at Newtown Parks & Recreation, visited Young’s Nurseries to select different types of native trees the town could use and then transported them over to Newtown.

    Among the trees that were chosen were red oaks, sugar maples, red maples, American beeches, pin oaks, and American elms. Many are already mature trees, some reaching 20 feet tall or higher.

    So far the town has planted a handful of the trees, including two large sugar maples on the selectman’s side of the Municipal Center, to the left of the entrance’s walkway, as well as an American beech tree at Treadwell Park.

    As for the remaining trees, Mr Samuelson explained that the town is currently planning to plant seven red maples along the fence on Wasserman Way, three oaks around the newly renovated Parent Connection duplex on Washington Square, another sugar maple by the parking lot where Danbury Hall was located, and a golden larch tree at Treadwell Park.

    Young’s Nurseries has also chosen to donate a number of their indigenous greenery to The Pleasance at 1 Main Street.

    The park, which is owned by The Newtown Bee’s publisher Scudder Smith, is expected to have its donations of beech trees and lilac bushes from Young’s Nurseries planted by next year.

    Knowing that all the donated trees have gone to good homes, Mr Daily says he looks forward to the prospect of seeing the Young’s Nurseries trees mature and thrive all throughout Newtown for many years to come.