Gravel Bed News–72 trees placed in our gravel beds this weekend!

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!

Community Roots

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.

Applications are being accepted now.


This article from the Church Hill Association newsletter this past spring is about one group that applied for and received trees during 2016 our program…


Community Roots 2017

Our third annual  Community Roots program has begun!  Here’s the time line:

  • Community groups in the City of Richmond (non-profit organizations, schools, friends of parks groups, houses of worship) may apply for trees NOW.     Get information and the application here.
  • Homeowners in the City of Richmond may apply for trees in late summer.
  • Tree Care Workshop is on October 21.  Registration available in September.

Please follow our website for updates and visit our table at the Vegetarian Festival in Byrd Park on June 24th.  We love to talk trees!

Also, visit our Summer Tree Care page where we have important watering tips for young trees.


Photo Credit: Amy Robins

Gravel Bed update…


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.


Stay tuned for more gravel bed updates!