River Valley Tech students prune municipal trees

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BELLOWS FALLS — Students from the River Valley Technical Center in Springfield pruned trees at the south end of the town of Rockingham's Waypoint Center on Depot Street, Bellows Falls, on Wednesday, May 9.

The Rockingham Tree Committee has worked with the Horticulture and Natural Resources Program at the Center for five years coordinating tree pruning on municipal sites in Rockingham with the Center.

John Harmer, the program instructor, has brought his students to conduct pruning of trees in the downtown area, Island Park, other areas of the Waypoint Center, and the northerly end of Green Street.

The Rockingham Tree Committee said it is pleased to work with the students and to provide an opportunity for "hands-on" experience in pruning and proper climbing techniques.

Tree Committee Co-chairs Polly Thompson and Ellen Howard said, "The Committee is thankful for the work done by the students as the experience benefits the students and the pruning benefits the community."

Small crab trees were pruned up to allow for easier access along a pathway, and branches overhanging a utility building roof were removed.

Students went up into larger trees to do needed removal of dead limbs and other branches. The Rockingham Highway Department assisted by leaving a truck which the students filled with the pruning debris.

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