This Saturday is going to be an exciting day for tree plantings at Delaware Park. What makes this particular tree planting so unusual is the nature of the event – 150 trees are being donated and planted by Walsh Insurance Group around the Ring Road. The occasion marks the 150 Anniversary of the corporation (a tree per year in business), one of the industry’s oldest insurance companies owned and operated by the same Buffalo family over that duration of time.
Some of the trees being planted are upwards of 20′ tall, and include Maples, Oaks, Dawn Redwoods, Redbuds, Service Berry, Katsura, and English Oak trees, which can live up to 1,000 years. . The plantings will help to fill out four smaller groves that will ultimately create a single larger grove. Over 150 people from Walsh and their subsidiaries will be on hand Saturday morning, along with Olmsted staff to plant the trees. One mature tree creates enough oxygen to sustain two adults for a lifetime. Buffalo should be proud to have such a distinguished company choose to celebrate an important anniversary by giving back to the community. Instead of throwing a lavish party, which so many companies and organizations might opt for, Walsh has made the distinctive choice to raise awareness and give back to the city that helped them build their business. The entire donation amount for the trees and their upkeep will total $50,000… not a bad sum towards the ongoing effort to reforest our parks and city.