DEVENS — The Devens Enterprise Commission (DEC) has received six disease-resistant American Liberty Elms and two 1.25- to 3-inch caliper that are 14 to 19 feet tall. The gift is made by Old Cambridge Baptist Church and an anonymous donor through the Liberty Elm Grant program sponsored by the nonprofit Elm Research Institute (ERI) of Keene, N.H.
An additional two trees were purchased by members of the Devens-based EcoStar program, an initiative that promotes sustainable development practices that integrate economic, social and environmental needs while enhancing the natural resources of the area.
The DEC is a participant in the Liberty Tree Memorial program, a national project of the ERI. The Liberty Tree Memorial provides a focus of patriotic inspiration and a familiar landmark as a tribute to the birth of freedom in America. The trees will be planted May 24, at 3 p.m., at the new playground on Antietam Street in Devens.
Under the Liberty Tree Memorial program, the receiving city gets a ceremonial Liberty Elm, a green and growing replica of the famed Liberty Tree of the American Revolution. In addition, the ERI provides a handsome bronze plaque that tells the story of the Liberty Tree. Bronze plaques are provided by All Seasons Engravers of Pelham, N.H.
Since its introduction in 1984, the American Liberty Elm has been used widely for elm restoration and landscaping around new construction. More than a quarter-million American Liberty Elms have been planted in over 1,000 communities including at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.; Independence Hall and Liberty Bell Center, Philadelphia, Pa.; the State House in Boston; and Greenfield, Lynnfield, Hadley and Wakefield, Mass.
The American Liberty Elm is a purebred American elm, not to be confused with European and Asian hybrid elms. It has the American elm’s classic vase-like shape and grows well in urban conditions, making it an ideal street tree. It’s distributed only through ERI. It’s also the only street-proven purebred American elm with a lifetime warranty against Dutch elm disease.
For information call the Elm Research Institute at (603) 358-6198, visit www.libertyelm.com or write to 11 Kit St., Keene, NH 03431.