Arbor Day was celebrated across the nation Friday and it was no different at The Woodlands in West Ellicott.
Several years ago, Heritage Ministries broke ground at The Woodlands, the independent- and assisted-living residences located on Southwestern Drive. At the time, it was necessary to remove many of the trees that had been growing there for years to make way for the new community. The abstraction of trees was a difficult decision to make. However, development experts agreed that it was important to remove the existing trees, some of which were diseased and were threatened, to make way for new, healthy growth. Now, the time has come to restore the assortment of trees that gave the community its name. So far, fruit and pine trees have been planted. Over the coming days and weeks, passersby will notice that many other types of native trees will find their new home in the Woodlands.
"I am pleased that we are finally at a point in this project that we are able to plant trees," said Doug Justham, Heritage Ministries director of development. "The fact that the timing is coinciding with Arbor Day, just makes the triumph that much better. Years ago, we started this project with the vision of having beautiful trees all around the property. It is satisfying to be able to work through a multi-year project and to see a vision become a reality."
Heritage Ministries is a nonprofit, human-service organization that serves the Western New York region and employs nearly 800 employees. Independent- and assisted-living residences for seniors are located at Heritage Village Retirement Campus in Gerry and at The Woodlands on Southwestern Drive in West Ellicott. Rehabilitation and skilled-nursing services are provided at Heritage Village in Gerry, Heritage Park in Jamestown and Heritage Green in Greenhurst. For more information, call Heritage at 487.6800, visit at www.heritage1886.org or like Heritage at www.facebook.com/HeritageMinistries.