ISA Gold Leaf Award Presented

By Julie Coop, New England Chapter ISA Presidential Appointee

Gold Leaf Award Presented by Julie CoopOctober 2, 2017, Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Southbridge, MA. The ISA Gold Leaf Award is designed to recognize an individual, organization, or community in the New England Chapter for outstanding Arbor Day programs or community landscape beautification projects.  This is an opportunity for us to recognize projects that have had an impact on a community or region with an international award.  Projects should show an impact over several years.

Nominations for the award can be made in two categories:  Outstanding Arbor Day Activities or Outstanding Landscape Beautification Activities.

This year’s winner was nominated in the category of Landscape Beautification.  This category recognizes individuals, organizations or municipalities that have made signification contributions through tree planting and landscaping which enhances environmental protection, conservation, beautification, air purification, or wildlife protection.  It can also be for non-planting landscape activities that have had a positive impact in promoting tree care and tree preservation.

This year’s award was presented to the Worcester Tree Initiative.  The Worcester Tree Initiative is an Independent Program of Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  Their mission is to rebuild, care for and protect Worcester’s Urban Forest after the devastation caused by the Asian Longhorned Beatle.  Their community-based approach includes education and training, tree planting, and long term tracking and care to achieve significant improvements to the environment and to quality of life in their city.

The award was presented to Ruth Seward, Executive Director Worcester Tree Initiative, Derek Lirange, Community Forester,  and Grace Elton, CEO Tower Hill.