The Town of Atherton 2016 Tree Award Goes to Menlo College

The Town of Atherton 2016 Tree Award Goes to Menlo College

“Old Oak” was the slogan on a popular Menlo College alumni t-shirt that commemorated the 85th anniversary of the founding of Menlo College. Little did we know then that a few years later we would receive an award for Menlo’s trees, our symbol of strength and long-standing legacy. Menlo College was recently presented with the Town of Atherton 2016 Tree Award for the care and celebration we give to our grand oak trees, and our nurturing of new oak trees that ensures the endurance of the association of Menlo College with the mighty oak. The college trees sit proudly in the center of the main campus Quad.

And grand they are. Some specimens of our trees, the Coast Live Oaks Valley Quercus Lobata, may live more than 250 years, with trunk diameters up to 10 or 13 feet.

The 2016 Tree Award was presented to Menlo College by the Atherton Tree Committee and the Mayor of Atherton at a meeting of the Atherton Town Council this month. We will do our best to keep our trees growing and thriving so that they can continue to be an inspiration for Old Oaks everywhere, for generations to come.