Sally and Sal D’Aquila Salix Fund

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In celebration of Arbor Day 2023, we are honored to launch the Sally and Sal D’Aquila “Salix Fund.”

The Fund is dedicated to finding as many ways as possible to plant earth and pollinator friendly trees, shrubs, and pollinator gardens.

“Salix” you ask? What’s that?

Salix (Willows) are deciduous trees and shrubs compromising around 350 species.

They are found primarily on moist soils in cold and temperate regions.

What is the function of Salix?

Salix plants have been used medicinally since ancient times to treat painful musculoskeletal joint pain conditions, inflammation, and fever, and have been linked to the discovery of aspirin.

Salix bark has been used as a blood thinner to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Salix caprea, commonly called pussy willow or goat willow, is native to Europe and Asia, and is a large shrub or small tree that typically grows to 12-25 feet.

Salix is an important raw material used in crafts, such as basketry, throughout the world.

Planting trees today to create roots of tomorrow

Small grants will be available to nonprofit organizations in Middlesex County who believe that “Plant a Tree Today for the Roots of Tomorrow” should be a motto for all.