SHELTON, Conn. – The Shelton Land Conservation Trust recently planted a native pin oak tree next to the nature trail on Lane Street.
The Olde Ripton Garden Club, with assistance from the Federated Garden Club of Connecticut, donated the tree.
The clubs’ program “Growing Together” is attempting to plant a native oak tree in every Connecticut community where there is a member garden club. The trees will provide food to the native butterflies and bees that pollinate local plants.
The oak is the state tree. They can live hundreds of years and are well suited to New England landscapes.
Oaks support over 517 species of moths and butterflies, which in turn support the native birds.
The Shelton Land Conservation Trust was chosen as a partner in the program since they are dedicated to preserving and protecting open space in the community.
The 17-acre Lane Street parcel was donated to the Shelton Land Conservation Trust by Guila G. Hawley, a longtime Shelton resident, in 1980. She made the donation because she was determined to keep the land in its natural state, declining lucrative offers by developers until deeding it to the trust.