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, education and citizen science. We realize that the strength of our city is found in the neighborhoods. With this as the foundation for our work, we have embarked on an effort to ‘regreen’ the city… one tree at at time.
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.
The ‘Street Colors’ effort which included logistical and organizational support by Regreen Springfield was featured in a story by MassLive. Organizations like the South End Business Association, the Latino Education Institute and Regreen teamed up to clean out the planters and beautify them with donated mums. Students and staff from South End Middle School joined in Saturday morning’s effort.
To view the story, just click on the thumbnail image.
MassLive Features Regreen Springfield at work in the South End
On Saturday, September 24th, over 50 volunteers from the Regreen Springfield, the South End Middle School, HAP Housing, the C3 Community Police Initiative and local business partners planted Mums in all of the flower containers along Main Street. The project will add a bright fall decor to landscape along both sides of the street from Red Rose Pizzeria south to HAP Housing.
The effort was spearheaded by a team from HAP Housing and Regreen Springfield, and served as the first of several regreening efforts planned for the South End Neighborhood over the next year. In the Spring, the planters will be filled with ornamental perennial flowers and grasses, in an effort to provide beauty the streetscape all summer long.
Over 120 Mums were planted during the morning work session, which concluded with a community lunch at the South End Middle School.
Click on any image to view the entire photo gallery from the Street Colors event…
The Springfield area is severe drought situation, and it looks like it will be continuing through the remainder of the year. This summer, we are down nearly 3 inches from normal rainfall levels.
What this means is that trees planted this year, or any of the past four years or so, need to be watered in order to survive these dry conditions. Deep root watering is important, and it needs to be done now. Without your help, young street trees and park trees will not be able to withstand the extreme conditions.
Please help and water a tree… in front of your home, your neighbor’s house or anywhere that you see a young tree. If you see a Gatorbag watering system attached to a tree, please fill it with 10 or 20 gallons of water. Just lift the tag at the top of the bag, and pour the water into the green bag. You will be doing a world of good… one tree at a time.
For more information on watering trees, visit www.regreenspringfield.org/water.
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