WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington DPW is in the process of planting 15 new trees thanks to a generous donation from the town’s largest company.
At a Board of Selectmen Meeting back in February, DPW Operations Manager and Town Tree Warden Jamie Magaldi announced that Analog Devices donated $5,000 towards a town-sponsored environmental project.
“The DPW did some research on what would be a good environmental project to undertake,” said Magaldi. “In this green age, it’s easy to get wrapped up in currently technology, like solar panels and high-efficiency lighting. Sometimes, we really forget to get back to basics, like tree planting.”
Tree plantings were selected because of their many quantifiable benefits to residents, including air quality improvements, CO2 reduction, energy conservation, heat island reduction, and stormwater advantages.
The $5,000 grant resulted in the planting of 15 new trees, beginning this week, along high profile areas of town, specifically Route 62, Middlesex Avenue and the Town Common.
Analog Devices Site Services Manager Cheryl Sessa explained that her company used to give an annual $10,000 grant to the Ipswich River Watershed Association. This year, the company decided to spread the money around a bit, and give $5,000 to the Association and the remaining $5,000 to the Town of Wilmington for environmental projects. She suggested it could become an annual grant to the town.
The town presented Sessa and Marlene Moran, of Analog Devices, with a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the town.
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