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 click the button below to learn how you can volunteer.
Conor Laffey and Todd Beals staff the Regreen Springfield table.
Regreen Springfield participated in the 44th Annual Earth Day Celebration, held on Sunday, April 13th at the Springfield Science Museum. The event featured many area organizations, agencies and businesses who work on projects related to the protection and enhancement of the region’s environment. Regreen Springfield Board member Todd Beals, and University of Massachusetts Urban Forestry student Conor Laffey staffed the informational exhibit, which featured tree care publications, as well as a raffle of a Peach Tree.
Other exhibitors at the Festival included the following:
- Free tree seedlings from Springfield Forestry Division
- Great American Cleanup Display by Keep Springfield Beautiful
- Casting Clinic by the Massachusetts Wildlife Angler Education Program
- Wastewater Treatment Model by United Water Environmental Services
- Recycling Display by Springfield DPW
- Paper Making activity by the Environmental Center for Our Schools (ECOS)
- Renewable Resource Display by Center for EcoTechnology (CET)
- Drinking Water Display by Springfield Water and Sewer Commission
Volunteers from Regreen Springfield, Berkshire Bank, the City of Springfield Forestry Division, the High School of Commerce, American International Charter School, Smith & Wesson, Stop & Shop and the University of Massachusetts worked hard on April 10th to plant new shade trees in Springfield’s Upper Hill Neighborhood. The project, funded by the Berkshire Bank Foundation, aimed to restore the tree canopy on two residential streets in the neighborhood. The Sycamores trees will beautify these streets and give the environment a boost…and that sits well with those giving up their time to make a difference.
“Part of what Berkshire Bank does is provide our employees with paid time-off to volunteer, so this one of a series of projects that we do throughout the area,” says Gary Levante from Berkshire Bank. Christina Grey, a student from AIC, explains, “I’ve never done planting trees like with this, but I always like planting. My father was a farmer. I just love planting”.
To view a video clip of the day’s events, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYBj-2ooefw
The first of two Tree Care Workshops was held at Springfield Technical Community College, on January 23, 2014. Thirty-eight attendees participated in this session, which introduced urban forest concepts to the audience, as well as planting, pruning and tree growth components. The three-hour session is part of an effort to enlist and train volunteer ‘Orchard Tenders’, who will help to care for the two newly established fruit tree orchards in the city. For more information on how you can join this effort, please Click Here.
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