We had a great day earlier this week at Holton Elementary School, planting trees provided by Richmond Tree Stewards through our Community Roots Program. Four 4th grade classes of about 25 kids each, 10 – 12 parent volunteers and 2 Department of Forestry volunteers planted 13 trees and made mulch “donuts” around each tree. Watering and caring for these trees will ensure that they are part of this school’s future!
This project is made possible thanks to a grant from the Overton and Katherine Dennis Fund.
Each year we offer our training class to those who would like to join our efforts to preserve, protect and increase the tree canopy in the City of Richmond. We work in neighborhoods and city parks and actively engage with our community through outreach and education. This is an opportunity to join the ranks of our trained volunteers who plant and prune trees and remove invasive species throughout Richmond. Check out our website for information about our programs and projects: Richmond Tree Stewards
Space in the class is limited and the Application deadline is December 2.
Saturday October 21, 2017 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Round House in Byrd Park
Our speaker is Janine Lester, a Tree Steward and outstanding speaker who holds credentials as an ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist®, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist® and has ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.
We’ll also have a tree planting demonstration, a pruning demonstration, door prizes and a Byrd Park tree walk!
A lecture about tree benefits:Measuring the Value of Trees. Our speaker is Janine Lester, a Tree Steward and outstanding speaker who holds credentials as an ISA Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist®, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist® and has ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.
…and a tree planting demonstration, a pruning demonstration and a tree walk just to enjoy the trees in Byrd Park!
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!
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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