Welcome to Regreen Springfield!

Through our tree advocacy efforts, ReGreen Springfield has collaborated with businesses, community organizations, educational partners and government agencies to promote the reforestation of Springfield, improve growing conditions for trees and engage new allies in tree care and monitoring.

ReGreen Springfield realizes that strength of our city is found in the neighborhoods. With that as the foundation for our work, we have embarked on an effort to partner with civic associations, religious institutions, businesses and other advocacy groups to assist in helping to ‘regreen’ the city.

Please join Regreen Springfield in this reforestation effort by planting a tree in your own yard, helping to plant trees along our streets and in our parks, or donate your time or funds to neighborhood regreening efforts. With your help, Springfield’s urban forest will be restored… one tree at a time. To learn more about us, visit Contacts using the link at the top menubar.

To assist in the Regreen Springfield effort, please join us a a Member, or spend some time with us as a Volunteer. Click a button to see how you can help.

Cathedral High Students Join Regreen at Quarry Pond

Cathedral students pose at Quarry Pond in Springfield's Sixteen Acres neighborhood on November 25, 2014.

Cathedral High School students pose at Quarry Pond in Springfield’s Sixteen Acres neighborhood on November 25, 2014.

On, Tuesday, November 25th, 29 student volunteers from Cathedral High School joined Regreen Springfield and the City of Springfield Parks Department in removing invasive and non-desirable vegetation at Quarry Pond, at Camp Wilder in the Sixteen Acres neighborhood of the city. This effort was aimed at providing trees and shrubs, that were planted around the pond following the June 2011 tornado, a chance to mature with less competition from non-native plants and other invasive vegetation.

The students completed the work as part of Cathedral High School’s commitment to community service, and this project included participation by students from the National Honor Society and several sports teams.  The work was completed in cooperation with the Springfield Conservation Commission, who provided technical assistance to the work of the day.  Additionally, staff from the City’s Forestry Division provided staff assistance and tools to help complete the work.  Volunteers from Regreen Springfield also participated in the effort.

 Students work to remove invasive vegetation at Quarry Pond on November 25, 2014.

Students work to remove invasive vegetation at Quarry Pond on November 25, 2014.

A neighborhood-based day of community service at the Pond is planned for the spring, and the students from Cathedral are expected to spend another day working at Quarry Pond in April 2015.

Quarry Pond is located at the new Camp Wilder Recreation Area that was built adjacent to the Pond following the tornado, and it contains parking areas, a gazebo and picnic tables.  Nearly 1,000 seedlings and small trees were planted in the tornado damage area surrounding the Pond, as well as nearly 50 large shade trees.  The work that was completed is expected to aid in the establishment of native vegetation on the site, which will ultimately make the area more sustainable as a natural landscape.

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Springfield police recruits plant trees in city park in gang-plagued Bay Neighborhood

police recruitsWith a determination to give back to the city they intend to protect and serve upon graduation from the academy, a group of Springfield police recruits spent time on Saturday, October 11th cleaning and planting trees at two local parks.  As the rain fell steadily around 9 a.m., the group stayed busy by digging holes to house the heavy root balls of new trees that are intended to beautify Hennessy Park in the city’s Bay Neighborhood.

“We’re planting a mix of shade trees and ornamental trees, and the recruits are cleaning up the overgrown brush along the exterior fence of the park,” said Ed Casey, the City of Springfield’s forester. “I’ve worked with a lot of volunteer groups over the years, but these guys have been great. I think it’s great they are out here spending time in the neighborhoods before they start on the force.”

The group of recruits reached out to Regreen Springfield for its community service project, which they must complete ahead of graduation, which is scheduled to take place on October 30th. police recruits 2 The recruits also cleaned up brush at the park and proceeded to Adams Playground on Wilbraham Road to clean up the area and re-paint pieces of playground equipment.

“We needed to do a community service project for the academy,” Police Academy recruit Andrew Normand said. “So what better way to leave your mark than plant trees in the park today.” Normand, who had previously volunteered with ReGreen Springfield , said each class at the Police Academy is required by curriculum to work on a community service project.

To view a gallery of photos from the event, visit http://regreenspringfield.com/gallery/springfield-police-academy-day-of-service/

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Historic Entry Drive Replanted at Springfield Cemetery

IMG_0154Mount Auburn Cemetery, which opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1831 was the first landscaped American Cemetery. Springfield Cemetery soon followed Mount Auburn’s lead and opened in 1841. Garden cemeteries, such as Springfield Cemetery, are called “rural cemeteries” even though most are in or near urban centers, but of their carefully designed park-like landscapes of rolling hills; valleys; willow, cypress, and pine stands; and exotic paintings; winding paths; and well-sited, appropriately and artificially aged-looking Gothic or Egyptian architecture – all providing an atmosphere of peace, contemplation, and order.

The site for Springfield Cemetery was originally known as Martha’s Dingle, a site of hills, ravines, brooks, and a natural bird sanctuary. The dingle had once been owned by Martha Ferre. Martha sold the land to Alexander Bliss, a local businessman to raise a dowry. On May 28, 1841 the founding member of Springfield Cemetery purchased the 20 acres of land from Alexander Bliss, or the site known as Martha’s Dingle.In March 1845 the proprietors of Springfield Cemetery voted to build a gateway, designed by William B. O. Peabody, Unitarian minister and founding member, at the Maple Street entrance, the present main entrance, known as Cemetery Lane. It was to symbolize the division between the “city of the living” and the “city of the dead”.IMG_9996

On Saturday, October 4th, Regreen Springfield, in partnership with the Federated Garden Clubs of Massachusetts and the Springfield Garden Club planted new Pink Flowering Dogwood trees along Cemetery Lane to help restore the historic entry to the Cemetery.  The original entry canopy was IMG_0031decimated by old age and the storm events of 2011.  The new trees will help restore this design element that is integral to the experience of visitors as they enter the site.

Over 2o volunteers from Cathedral, East Longmeadow and Minnechaug High Schools, along with members of the Springfield Garden Club and Regreen Springfield worked on getting the trees planted and the area cleaned up.  All of the trees were mulched and immediately added to the beauty of Cemetery Lane.

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