The Milford Recreation Department has planted 25 new trees on the Milford Green, just in time for the annual tree lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving.

The planting of new trees was a cooperative effort between the Recreation Department, the Public Works Department, the Tree Commission, Milford Trees Inc., and Planters Choice Nursery, to replace trees on the western end of the green that died; and those that were damaged or destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene or Superstorm Sandy.

“The Milford Green is the second longest green in New England and is the centerpiece of our city,” said Tom Hunt, Public Works Department foreman.  “Residents and visitors always comment on the beauty of the green and planting these trees will add to that beauty.”

The downtown green is part of Milford’s Legacy Arboretum.

An arboretum is a garden of trees, a collection of interesting and beautiful specimens. The Milford Legacy Arboretum resulted from a community planning effort to beautify its center so that all can enjoy it. The Milford Legacy Arboretum was developed by Milford Trees Inc. and the Milford Tree Commission.

“These trees will definitely add beauty to the green and will compliment Milford’s Legacy Arboretum,” said Sean O’Neil of Milford Trees Inc.

The new planting consists of 10 different varieties of trees that will add a wide range of colors in the spring, summer and fall.

According to Mayor Benjamin Blake, “The trees will be the proper shape and height to be strung with lights for our Annual Tree Lighting.

“Many residents have commented on how dark that end of the green has been as a result of the absence of trees,” Blake added.

People will have a chance to see the new trees at the 2013 Festival of Lights and Tree Lighting ceremony, which will be Friday, Nov. 29, on the downtown green near the gazebo.

There will be holiday music and lights courtesy of the Milford Chamber of Commerce. Free horse and carriage rides will be provided by The Milford Bank. The Devon Rotary Club will provide free hot chocolate.

Santa will arrive by fire truck to celebrate the tree lighting at 6:30 p.m., courtesy of Milford Firefighters Union IAFF Local 944.