UPDATED: Third Grader Challenges Framingham To Plant Trees

FRAMINGHAM – Franklin Roy loves trees.

At age 7, he joined the Arbor Day Foundation. He donated his free tree seedlings to the community of Framingham.

Two years later, Franklin is in third grade, and he still loves trees. Apple trees are his favorite, specifically yellow delicious apples.

On a trip to Washington DC, his top pick for sight-seeing was the Arboretum.

He “got a private tour from one of the staff, who comes to find out, has ties to Framingham,” said his mom Elizabeth.

Franklin made a poster of trees in Framingham to display at the Department of Public Works tent at the Earth Day Festival this year.

Trees have sort of “become his thing,” said his mom.

In late October, he set out to challenge people to plant a tree in their yard in the City of Framingham. His goal was to see 50 trees planted this fall.

Wednesday, Franklin and his family will plant 10 trees from the Arbor Day Foundation, with the help from the experts at Green Abundance by Design.

The trees will include, his favorite Yellow Delicious Apple Tree, and his mom’s favorite a Black Tupelo.

Other trees include a Red Maple tree, American Hazelnut trees, a redwood and a bird tree.

This spring, Franklin will be organizing a Scout project with the Framingham Department of Public Works and the Sudbury Valley Trustees.

Franklin is still encouraging people to plant trees.

Trees contribute to the environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, and supporting wildlife. Many animals and species depend on trees for food and a habitat.

And trees help humans survive. as during photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide, and produce the oxygen we breathe.

“Our Tree Warden, Kyle Grendell, has posted a list of trees that would be most helpful to plant in Framingham,” said Franklin.

That list includes:
  • Black Tupelo
  • Dawn Redwood
  • Hackberry
  • Kentucky Coffee tree
  • Littleleaf Linden
  • London Plane tree
  • Pin Oak
  • Red Maple
  • Red Oak
  • River Birch
  • Silver Linden
  • Sweetgum
  • Tulip tree
  • Eastern Redbud
  • Kwanzen Cherry
  • Sargent Cherry
  • Crabapple
Franklin wants to see photos of the tree plants in the City of Framingham. He has a Facebook page.
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Photo of Franklin Roy with the Franklin tree at Garden in the Woods. Photos submitted to Source

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