Middletown Tree Planting

Brooks Sherman, 8, and his grandfather Mark Carney shovel dirt around the roots of an Eastern Red Cedar tree they planted Friday morning in the North Pointe Circle area of Middletown along with other volunteers. Volunteers planted a mix of Eastern Red Cedar, American Holly, Serviceberry and Black Cherry, with some Willow Oaks to be planted at a nearby stormwater management area.

Middletown set out to improve its ranking as a Tree City USA with a volunteer effort Friday to plant 50 trees in one of the town’s neighborhoods.

Planters and town staff gathered on a slope overlooking West Main Street, in the town’s North Pointe subdivision, on a gray and chilly morning to plant a mix of Eastern Red Cedar, American Holly, Serviceberry and Black Cherry, with some Willow Oaks to be planted at a nearby stormwater management area.

The trees were purchased with a grant from the Maryland Urban and Community Forest Committee, said Cindy Unangst, the town’s staff planner and co-chairwoman of Middletown’s Sustainability Committee.

The town was designated as a Tree City USA municipality earlier this yearbut realized that its tree canopy percentage was actually very low, Unangst said.

Much of the town’s growth in recent years has been on farmland, which didn’t have many trees on it to begin with, she said.

Last year, the town planted 58 trees along the Middletown Parkway.

When the county did a tree canopy study, the town’s numbers weren’t as high as they would have liked, he said.

So they hold events like Friday’s to try and be as sustainable as possible.

Mark Carney, a member of the town’s Planning Commission and the Sustainability Committee, brought his grandson Brooks Sherman, 8, along to help plant.

Brooks had helped with the Middletown Parkway planting last year, and Frederick County Public Schools didn’t have classes on Friday.

“So I said, ‘Let’s go,’” Carney said.

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(5) comments


Great job Middletown! 👍Now, if we could just get the HOAs to promote planting of native species instead of ornamental crap like paper birches and Bradford pears. Drive through any development with an HOA and that is basically all you'll see.


Good job Middletown. Native trees are the way to go! Kudos to all the volunteers.


Biodiversity through planting forests with mixed trees is one of the best things we can do to address carbon emissions and climate change. Great job, Middletown!!!


The number one best thing we can do is stop growing the human population so much.


Trees always look nice. The ones on E. Main St might become a problem 15 - 20 years from now, as they were planted between the sidewalk and the road. Not enough room to grow and branches will cause a problem years from now.

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