Shade Tree Commission launches tree of the month program

[Courtesy of Kimberly Baker] Kimberly Baker presents Debbie Bruynell with the first tree of the month honor. From left: Debbie Bruynell and her dog Louie and Kimberly Baker.

BRADLEY BEACH — The Bradley Beach Shade Tree Commission has launched a “Tree of the Month” program to highlight the beauty and diversity of the borough’s urban forest. 

Each month the commission will select a tree in town to be honored as the tree of the month. The commission is seeking trees that are particularly notable for their age, beauty, rarity of species or their unique stories. 

The selected tree will be posted on the commission’s website and will be publicized in local media, said Chairman of The Shade Tree Commission, Dr. George Heflich. 


The recipient of the October Tree of the Month is resident Debbie Bruynell’s Red Horse Chestnut Tree. 

Dr. Heflich explained, “Kim Baker visualized and implemented the tree-of-the-month program to showcase the amazing trees that we have in Bradley Beach. The Shade Tree Commission’s focus is not just to plant new, but especially to preserve those trees who have been with us for decades, and in some cases, generations. When you stop and consider each one, you realize how individual and special they really are.

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