Arbor Day 2012: Free Redbud trees! …also humus & paper shredding at Town Day April 28

Today is Arbor Day!

This is the 140th anniversary of the first Arbor Day observance! Celebrate the wonders of nature, and plan for an even greener future by planting and caring for trees.

The NJ DEP sent Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) saplings to the Harrington Park Environmental Commission for distribution to town residents. The saplings will be available tomorrow at the Environmental Commission table at Boro Hall. Redbuds are beautiful spring blooming trees that grow to 20′ to 30′. When fully grown the canopy will spread to 25-30′. (A 10-year-old tree will generally be around 15 ft tall). Rosy pink flowers appear in April. Reddish-purple leaves change to dark green, then to yellow in the fall. Please plant the sapling in full sun or light shade.

For more information about the Redbud tree and the work of the Arbor Day Foundation (“We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees!”)- go to


On Saturday April 28th, Harrington Park will be celebrating Town History Day with many displays and activities at Boro Hall from 10am-2pm. Stop by and check out the various organizations and institutions that are a part of our town and community! For an environmental/green focus:

  • The HP Garden Club will be selling perennials.
  • The EC will host a recycling display from ANJEC.
  • A paper shredding truck from the BCUA will be present—this is a great opportunity to get rid of old confidential papers!
  • Humus time! Yard and garden waste collected from HP homes in 2010 has been composting away and is now humus ( This rich organic material is available for purchase by HP homeowners to use to enrich garden soil or as mulch. Stop by the EC table, located by the DPW truck with a 2 cubic foot sample, to place your order for home delivery of humus in early May. The cost is $10 for a cubic yard, min order 2 yards.  For more information, please contact the DPW at 201-768-0944.
  • Pick up your free Redbud sapling!
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