What are the guidelines for memorial ribbons on parkway trees?

The Village recognizes the community solidarity that is demonstrated by placing memorial ribbons on parkway and private trees. There is some concern, however, about the potential health impact on the trees - particularly when the use of materials like plastic can contribute to the formation of mold, mildew or trunk rot. Therefore, the Village is outlining a simple set of guidelines for residents wishing to place memorial decorations on parkway trees:

  • Decorations shall be limited to a single ribbon made of cloth, wrapped around the primary trunk of the tree at chest height. No plastic bags or other material may be used
  • Any ribbon placed shall not weigh more than 1.5 lbs and shall not have any additional decorative items beyond that which is printed on the material
  • No decorations shall be placed on any branches or secondary trunks of the tree
  • The Public Works Division reserves the right to remove any decorations on parkway trees at its discretion, if the decorations are determined to negatively impact the health, shape or aesthetic of the tree
  • All ribbons located on private property may remain at the discretion of the property owner

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