The mission of Richmond’s trained, volunteer Tree Stewards is to promote and improve the health of city trees to ensure the city’s forest will survive and thrive. This is accomplished by increasing public awareness through community education, planning and planting for the future, and providing maintenance and care for young trees on streets and in […]
Community Roots – Let’s Plant Some Trees! Does your yard have an empty space begging for a tree? Does you local park need some shade? Richmond Tree Stewards can help you fill that space. Our Community Roots event will offer trees free to home owners and to community organizations (friends of parks groups, schools, houses of […]
Volunteering as a tree steward is interesting, enjoyable and a wonderful way to serve the community. To become a certified tree steward one must attend a series of classes, pass a pruning exam, and complete community services hours that double as “on the job” training. Our hope is that most citizens who become certified […]
Schools, “Friends of Parks” groups, houses of worship, and other non-profits in the City of Richmond…
Richmond Tree Stewards would like to help you put down some roots in your community with our Community Roots program. We provide the trees along with support and education; you plant and care for them.
Healthy urban trees moderate our temperature, improve water quality, offer food and shelter for wildlife, and even benefit our own health. Tree Stewards look forward to working with organizations interested in caring for and growing our urban canopy.
Our team worked through the rain on Saturday to get 72 trees planted in our gravel beds. Native trees… dogwood, sweetbay magnolia, pin oak, red maple and others were taken out of nursery pots and their roots were washed and prepped for installation in the gravel bed. By taking this step, the roots will grow in the gravel bed over the next few months. These trees, with healthy root systems, will be available for planting in the fall. The photo below shows how a red maple looks just before it goes in the gravel bed.
Jenna Evers helped us out on Saturday: “I enjoyed getting the young trees ready for success in the gravel beds and beyond! It was a great way to get practice in correcting circling roots, planting, and tree ID.” Thanks Jenna and everyone!
Richmond Tree Stewards are giving trees to schools and community non-profit organizationsagain in 2017 and providing support to plant and care for them. Healthy urban trees moderate our temperature, improve water quality, offer food and shelter for wildlife, and even benefit our own health. Tree Stewards look forward to working with organizations interested in caring for and growing our urban canopy.
On April 8, Tree Stewards planted 101 native tree seedlings in the new gravel beds that were built last fall with a grant from Virginia Department Of Forestry. The gravel beds are “demonstration” gravel beds—we are documenting the steps so we’ll be able to share what we learn in this process. We plan to plant these young trees on Belle Isle after they develop a vigorous root system in the gravel bed over the spring and summer.
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