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The Significant Trees of Wilton and Lyndeborough Committee is compiling a list of memorial trees, such as the tree in honor of former Road Agent Earle Bullard planted at Center Hall in Lyndeborough this past May. His son-in-law, Clayton Brown, helped plant the tree which will be the town’s first Christmas tree in its center. (Kathleen Baglio Humphreys/Union Leader Correspondent)

Group in Lyndeborough, Wilton creating list of trees of significant value in community

LYNDEBOROUGH/WILTON — The beauty of viewing a massive maple tree in the fall — or sitting under a shade tree on a summer’s day — are enjoyable sensations, and a new group wants to give these trees their due.

The Significant Trees of Wilton and Lyndeborough Committee was formed after Wilton residents grew concerned that a 200-year-old oak tree in Wilton was cut down due to a road project. “The only reason it was cut down was because the owner didn’t like it there,” said member Jessie Salisbury at the July 9 Board of Selectmen’s meeting in Lyndeborough.

Memorial Trees Three maple trees planted in honor of the three New Hampshire signers of the Declaration of Independence and a new spruce tree in honor of a former road agent adorn Center Hall in Lyndeborough and will be part of the database of the newly formed Significant Trees of Wilton and Lyndeborough Committee. Kathleen Baglio Humphreys 

“Our goal is education and how valuable trees are. Trees provide air quality, ambiance and they make a village,” added Salisbury. Trees are also valuable to New Hampshire’s economy.

The Board is an advisory group with no authority but it wants to help landowners and future development to know the significant value of trees on their property and in town. Future logging operations will have a list of historic items to look for when logging, such as cellar holes or big trees.

“We are compiling a list of memorial trees. We will incorporate the list of state and national big trees from our area and we are coming up with a form where people can nominate a tree of significance in their area or that has a historic value,” added Salisbury.

Known memorial trees in Lyndeborough are: Three maple trees planted in 1976 in honor of the three N.H. signers of the Declaration of Independence and a spruce tree planted last May in honor of former Road Agent Earle Bullard, both at Center Hall; a tree in honor of a principal at the Central School; the United Church has a tree honoring a member; and Walter Patterson gifted a catalpa tree in South Lyndeborough around 1900. In addition, Jessie Salisbury’s property has the largest know sugar maple tree in Hillsborough County measuring 15.5 feet in diameter.

Wilton’s list of memorial trees include: A tree in memory of Gregg Free at the library; three trees in Whiting Park honoring the airmen lost in World War II; a tree in memory of a teacher at the high school; a tree planted at the American Legion for a beloved lost member; and only last month a memorial tree was planted in Main Street Park.

If anyone has a memorial tree to bring to the committee’s attention, whether the tree is still there or not, members would like to hear about it. A website is being developed, but information can be passed along to town hall.

A property on New Road in Lyndeborough has two Mulberry trees planted in the late 1800s. “Between 1840 and 1880 there was a silk industry in New Hampshire and we are wondering if there was a silk craze that was happening in those 40 years,” added Salisbury.

If interested in joining the committee, or for information the group meets at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at J.A. Tarbell Library in Lyndeborough.