South of the Train Station - Old Greenwich's Port of Entry
The Town of Greenwich has planted trees in the area south of the Old Greenwich Train Station. The area is pretty bleak, but there are some serious problems with the Town’s planting. The GCOG created a new plan to address these problems, and we illustrated several different views to outline the problems and our solutions, and we offered to help fund any additional costs that may be incurred.
Before the trees were planted, we met with the town and they concluded that our input was valuable and appreciated. The original plan called for 33 trees. We asked for three of those trees to be eliminated, three trees to be moved to a different location, and three new trees provided by the GCOG to be planted. The town official was very receptive and wrote letters to make the changes required in the town plan to accommodate our additions. I personally committed to funding the three new trees. We were very excited and pleased to be contributing to a garden in Old Greenwich that will be viewed by hundreds of people everyday. We were committed to making an eyesore an oasis of calm and natural beauty that would welcome our commuters and guests with flowers and butterflies.
Long story short: the person who made the original plan directed the town employees to plant the trees according to his original plan despite knowing that the GCOG and the Town had committed to the changes. He received an email from the town, but he would not meet with us to discuss it or any possible compromise. His only concession was to move a tree four or five feet, but it still obstructs commuters who want to cross the island to walk home.
Fortunately, the Town recognized the problem and we are going forward with our ideas. The dismal view from the front of the stairs will improve when a sycamore tree is planted between the stairs and the post office truck depot. They will take a while to grow, so we need a little patience. The tree blocking the walkway toward Arcadia, and it will be enhanced by a beautiful Magnolia grandiflora.
I walk by this spot at least 10 times a week, and my husband commutes every day. Those of you familiar with my garden on Highview know how much I care about beauty and the environment, and I am really hopeful that we can make the most of this spot.