Delaware Celebrates Arbor Day and Historic Copper Beech

Copper BeechIn celebration of Arbor Day on Friday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the State of Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is partnering with Bartlett Tree Experts in efforts to preserve the historic copper beech tree located on the New Castle Green.

All are invited to attend this free event during which certified arborists will be performing tree care demonstrations and answering questions. Historical and Cultural Affairs staff will also be on site discussing the history of the magnificent copper beech as well as the Old New Castle Courthouse and grounds.

“As the copper beech is a mature tree with historic significance, it is important that it is properly cared for to help ensure a long life,” said Peter Kingshill, Local Manager of Bartlett’s office in Wilmington. “On Arbor Day, we will be performing our Root Invigoration process on the beech, which helps stimulate root growth for a healthier tree.”

Root Invigoration uses an Air SpadeTM, a handheld tool that produces a stream of supersonic air, to break up compacted soil. Nutrients are then mixed into the soil to promote healthy growth – all without damaging tree roots or digging trenches in the landscape. 

The event will include hourly demonstrations of how the Air Spade is used. As part of this process, Bartlett will be applying soil amendments including Biochar, a carbon-rich charcoal that enhances soil fertility. Newly in use after extensive research, Biochar offers many advantages while having a positive impact on the environment. PhD and arboricultural researcher Kelby Fite of the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories will be on hand to discuss the use of Biochar and its benefits.

This event will celebrate Arbor Day, the history of Delaware and the importance of trees in our communities and lives. Attendees will also have the opportunity to see the latest tree care advancements in action.

“What’s really exciting about this project is the use of state-of-the-art treatments and technology in preserving a piece of history,” said Kenneth Darsney, Conservation Technician Manager for the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs.

About the State of Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Preserving Delaware's heritage and showcasing the historic legacy of our state are the guiding principles of our agency. Through active historic preservation efforts, engaging educational programs, stimulating exhibits, and superior customer service, the Division is committed to enhancing Delaware's quality of life by helping people connect with those aspects of our past that have made this state what it is today.

About Bartlett Tree Experts
The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company was founded in 1907 by Francis A. Bartlett and is the world’s leading scientific tree and shrub care company. The organization’s current chairman, Robert A. Bartlett Jr., represents the third generation of Bartlett family management. Bartlett has locations in 26 U.S. states, Canada, Ireland and Great Britain. Services include pruning, pest and disease management, fertilization and soil management, cabling and bracing, tree lightning protection systems and tree/stump removal. Its corporate offices are located in Stamford, Connecticut. 

For more information, contact:

Peter Kingshill
(302) 995-7562

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