Duncan named 2018 tree steward

Christina Duncan was named Wilton’s 2018 tree steward and had a linden tree planted at Merwin Meadows in her honor during an Arbor Day ceremony on Friday, April 27.

Wilton Tree Committee Chair Kate Throckmorton said Duncan was selected to be this year’s tree steward because of her “commitment to our town, and most importantly, trees and the environment.”

After moving to Wilton 15 years ago, Throckmorton said, Duncan “jumped into community service” — serving “several organizations” and being a “willing donor to many environmental causes during this time.”

Duncan has had a longtime interest in the environment, according to Throckmorton, and not only cares for the earth, but understands “the value of trees for the ability to clean our air and water.”

When Duncan was chair of the Lumpkin Foundation’s Grants Committee, Throckmorton said, she provided funding for Wilton’s participation in the Norwalk-Wilton Tree Festival.

She was also “the primary force” for the How Green Can Wilton Be? conference, said Throckmorton, through which she provided “educational opportunity for leaders in the community to explore how Wilton can become more sustainable.”

Duncan contributed to the success of the Sustainable Connecticut Conference held at Grace Farms this past winter, said Throckmorton, as well as Wilton Go Green’s Zero Waste Faire at the Wilton High School Field House last month.

Through the Wilton Garden Club, Duncan co-chaired the Conservation Committee for several years, said Throckmorton, and has “developed many educational exhibits at their flower shows” and co-chaired the wildflower section of the club’s annual plant sale.

“Tina is deserving of this honor. She has not only fulfilled the criteria for the Wilton tree steward of being ‘a constant and willing supporter to the protection and stewardship of our community trees,’” said Throckmorton, “but has shown to be a leader and mentor for environmental causes.”

Throckmorton said the tree planted in her honor will serve as a “reminder to our town that we have a commitment to trees and the environment.”

A brick plaque will be placed at the base of the tree this summer.

Tree City

Wilton received the Tree City USA designation for its “exemplary tree care and maintenance program” by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) this year.

In order to receive Tree City USA status, each community must:

  • Invest $2 per capita in trees.

  • Have a tree advisory board or professional staff.

  • Have a local ordinance in support of trees.

  • Celebrate Arbor Day each year.

According to Wilton’s tree committee, Wilton has been designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation and state of Connecticut since 2009.