- Associated Press - Sunday, February 23, 2014

MILTON, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Farm Museum is getting some help to restore a row of 100-year-old-plus deteriorating white pine and sugar maple trees.

The museum in Milton consists of two adjoining farmsteads situated on 50 acres. Both the Jones Farm and Plummer Homestead are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The museum will get a visit from Urban Tree Service, a lawn care company in Rochester that held an “Extreme Tree Makeover Contest.”

Ed Hopkins, president of Urban Tree Service, said the value of the trees as part of an historic 18th century farm is significant, and their preservation is important.

The business plans to prune all dead wood in the trees’ canopies to reduce stress and to lessen the chance of falling branches. The trees will be assessed to see if they require cable systems to be installed to help the trees.

“As a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating children and their families about the importance of New Hampshire’s natural and agricultural history and the state’s farms and forests, the preservation of these historic trees is critical,” said Kathleen Shea, executive director of the farm museum.