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Spruce Acres Farm donated a tree to the Preservation Society of Newport County for its Christmas festivities at Washington Square.  The Farm also donated Newport City Hall’s first Christmas tree in 16 years.

“The tree is the centerpiece for the downtown decorations.  We do the official Christmas in Newport decorations at Washington Square and Eisenhower Park” explained David Leys, a board member of the Preservation Society, who is responsible for Newport’s holiday décor.  “We are now using LED lights to save energy – it’s a very green situation. We are using very little electricity this year.”

Aquidneck Land Trust is currently fundraising to acquire Spruce Acres Farm in order to prevent the land being stripped of its farming and wildlife values for residential and commercial development.

ALT hopes to utilize the space as farmland and to create a community garden.

The Christmas tree at Newport City Hall will have a plaque recognizing ALT’s work to save Spruce Acres Farm.  The tree will be lit during the Official Opening of Christmas in Newport, at 6:00 p.m. on December 1st.

Spruce Acres is a 22.6 acre tree farm in the heart of Aquidneck Island.  The acquisition will allow the organization to donate trees to local and community organizations for years to come.

The Farm will provide an exemplary site to connect ALT and community members to the land and emphasize the importance of conservation on a fast-developing island.

ALT’s acquisition of Spruce Acres Farm is a $2.3 million project that will provide sufficient land and structures to lead programming and outreach, store necessary equipment for land management activities, and provide hands-on volunteer training to better manage the non-profit’s land and conservation initiatives throughout Aquidneck Island.

To donate to this important conservation project, or to learn more about the acquisition of Spruce Acres Farm and its benefits to the community, please visit http://ailt.org/spruceacres/.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.

He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.