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Darien Tree Conservancy Celebrates Milestone, Welcomes New Board Members

Darien Tree Conservancy recently celebrated the milestone of installing 600 trees. Members are seen here planting trees at the police station. Photo Credit: Diane Farrell
Front row, Gwynne Tibbetts, Diane Farrell, Sabina Harris, Joanne Gabriel Back row, Eileen Montellese, Jimmy Ma, Sig Buchmayr, Ginger Morgan, John Wilson, Karen Hughan, Sara Zagrodzky. Not pictured: Advisor Emeritus, Cindy Ryan. Photo Credit: Diane Farrell

DARIEN, Conn. --  Tree Conservancy of Darien celebrated the significant milestone of installing over 600 trees in town at its year-end board of directors meeting on Dec. 5. In addition to reviewing agenda and budget items for the coming year, the local nonprofit also welcomed two new members to its board.

Since its inception in 2010, TCD has planted trees at I-95 exits 11 and 13, the Darien train station, along Ledge Road, Darien town beaches, Spring Grove and Veterans cemeteries and Town Hall. It has donated trees to all of Darien’s public schools, Post 53, Darien Community Association, the Bird Sanctuary at the DCA, First Congregational Church, Darien Nature Center, Selleck’s Woods, Olsen Woods, Beautification Commission, Tilley Pond Park and Center Street north and south parking lots.

Its most recent installments in the fall of 2017 include 138 trees and shrubs at Tilley Pond Park, Weed Beach, Veterans Cemetery, the Darien Police Station, Center Street north parking lot and the Darien Community Association.

Additionally in the past year, TCD hosted two forest bathing walks, co-hosted an educational lecture at the Darien Library and sold over 90 trees in its annual tree sale. Its committee members have also walked various streets in town with Eversource officials, helping to reduce the number of trees slated for removal along power lines.

New board members Jimmy Ma and Sara Zagrodzky, both of Darien, were welcomed to the TCD board at the year-end celebration. They will join current members Sig Buchmayr, Diane Farrell, Joanne Gabriel, Karen Hughan, Eileen Montellese, Ginger Morgan, Gwynne Tibbetts, John Wilson, board president Sabina Harris and advisor emeritus Cindy Ryan in working toward the goals of the group: educating the community about the value of trees and their care, replacing trees lost to disease, construction and storms, maintaining the care of new and existing trees and building partnerships with town organizations. 

To donate, volunteer, sign up for its newsletter, or find out more about Tree Conservancy of Darien, visit or email 

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