Richmond has 116 new trees!
As part of our Community Roots program during October and November, seven new trees were planted at George Washington Carver Elementary School. Interested teachers wanted to provide the students with a ‘mini urban forest’. Kindergarten teacher Deborah Pendleton says, “Children are naturally curious about how things grow and to involve them in the actual planting of the trees would allow them to take ownership of the trees. It will hopefully encourage them at a young age to take an active interest in the environment.”
Tree stewards and city arborist, A.J. Elton, helped children from each grade plant a tree. Both kids and adults enjoyed the day. Better yet, there is now a group of kids who will be stewards for the trees!
Tree Stewards also assisted very enthusiastic volunteers with Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association with planting 9 river birch along Norfolk Street. Thanks to TrueTimber for assistance with that project.
In October we provided 60 homeowners with a tree or two to plant on their property or as street trees (with prior permission from the city arborist.) Each person received a copy of the Tree Owners Manual, a good resource for selection, planting and tree care and is available for free download.
Trees for all of the above were purchased with a grant from the Dennis Fund.