Livingston Celebrates Arbor Day with Planting of Weeping Cherry Tree

(L-R) Assistant Township Manager Russ Jones, Deputy Mayor Al Anthony, Councilmen Mike Silverman and Shawn Klein, Mayor Ed Meinhardt & Councilman Rudy Fernandez plant a Weeping Cherry Tree at the Oval Credits: Danielle Santola

LIVINGSTON, NJ — A brand new Weeping Cherry Tree can now be seen near the gazebo at the Memorial Oval after Livingston Mayor Ed Meinhardt, members of the township council, members of the Department of Public Works (DPW) and Assistant Township Manager Russ Jones gathered for the annual Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony on Monday.

According to council members, the annual planting is symbolic of the township’s commitment to maintaining the character of the township, which has a tree fund to help replenish the trees cut down for new developments. In fact, an ordinance was passed a few years ago stating that if a resident removes a tree, that resident is required to replace it or pay a fine in order for the town to do so.

The Township of Livingston has now been certified as a Tree City USA for nine years thanks to a dedicated effort to expand and enhance the township’s greenery. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, Livingston has achieved Tree City USA status by meeting its four core requirements: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

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“Planting a nice, new tree every year helps us make our town beautiful,” said Meinhardt. “We thank the DPW for always showing up to help us plant the tree for this event and we look forward to many more Arbor Days in Livingston for many years to come.”

According to DPW Superintendent Mike Anello, Weeping Cherry Trees typically flower in May. He added that the branches of these particular trees move easily in the breeze, and that their large, pink blossoms “provide a striking backdrop for the Gazebo and the Force Home.” The tree is now located in a central location where all residents can enjoy it. 

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