Landscaping proposed for Eagle Scout project
LYNDEBOROUGH – The old pine trees behind Citizens’ Hall had to be removed last fall for safety reasons, leaving a bare bank. The town had to upgrade the handicapped ramp in the area, leaving bare dirt and gravel.
Ian Holden has proposed a landscaping plan for the area as an Eagle Scout project. He is a member of Troop 10 in Wilton.
"A couple of picnic tables and three shade trees," he told the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, June 8. People in the town office "lost a nice shady place to eat lunch."
Holden has put together a landscaping plan for the area at the bottom of the access ramp and along a new retaining wall at the back of the hall.
He said he would need loam "to level off the area for the tables," and was directed to road agent Kent Perry, who agreed to supply it.
Selectmen said three trees have already been offered for the area in memory of several residents: a hybrid chestnut tree, plus two flowering crabapples. Holden will determine where they should be placed and arrange for the planting. He also suggested a line of shrubs along the wall.
"Low growing and low maintenance," he said.
Holden said he would "enlist the members of the troop to help with the work."
Asked how he would finance the purchase of materials for the tables, Holden said he would "hold car washes and such." He said the work would be done over the summer.
Asked if any permits would be required from the town, Selectman Chairman Lee Mayhew said no, "but I’d like to see the plan."
Perry said he would also like to see the plan to determine "how much the highway department can do."
Selectman Fred Douglas noted that trees are slow growing, and suggested that Holden consider "some kind of umbrella for shade."
Mayhew said he thought it "a wonderful idea," and Mark Schultz said he "would be glad to donate toward it."
Once completed, Town Administrator Russ Boland would sign the necessary papers for the project.
Holden’s project is also sponsored by Town Moderator Walter Holland.