HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Responding to a call to action from Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary International president, The Rotary Club of Hillsborough recently joined numerous other Rotary Clubs around the world in planting trees to help raise environmental awareness and contribute to efforts to combat global climate change.

With funding from The Rotary Club of Hillsborough, Central Jersey Nurseries, under the direction of owner Vince Lipani, a long-time Rotarian, planted 35 trees lining walkways and fields at Village Green Park on Brooks Boulevard.

“Our club is always looking for new and meaningful ways in which to contribute to our community,” said Anthony Franchini, president of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough.  “When we were approached to join this international Rotary effort, we were more than happy to do our part in improving our local environment.”

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Lipani’s team, led by Mike Teeple, site supervisor, planted 16 Kwanzan Flowering Cherries, 9 River Birch, 4 Sycamore, 3 Pin Oaks, and 3 Red Maples along the walkways and in a future picnic area at the Village Green Park, once home to two of the Town’s early baseball and softball fields.  The trees should begin blooming almost immediately and be in full bloom for a dedication ceremony scheduled for Saturday, June 2. A permanent plaque will commemorate the Club’s gift.

In his address to Rotary Clubs around the world, Riseley said that “It is my hope that by planting trees, Rotarians will renew their interest in, and attention to, an issue that we must put back on the Rotary agenda: the state of our planet.”

The Hillsborough NJ Rotary Club has over 40 active members from Hillsborough and surrounding communities.   Members include business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.  The Hillsborough Rotary serves the Hillsborough community.  All funds raised at the Rotary Fair are donated back to community projects. The Hillsborough Rotary Club meets every Wednesday, at 6 p.m. at The Landing Restaurant on Amwell Road  in Hillsborough.