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.
A crew of Berkshire Bank employees and neighborhood residents spent Tuesday afternoon planting trees and plants in Adams Park, in an effort to beautify Mason Square and strengthen the park’s ecosystem. The planting, funded by a generous donation from Berkshire Bank, was cheered by Mayor Domenic Sarno in a press conference.
“I am just so thankful. The beautification of the park is important for both young and old in this neighborhood,” Sarno said. Sarno described the project as part of the city’s efforts re-green a city which lost thousands of trees during the June 1, 2011 tornado. The city, with the help of the organization ReGreen Springfield, has replanted 4,500 trees since the storm, Sarno said.
Members of ReGreen Springfield, community members and Berkshire Bank employees who were given the day off for a day of community service, donned green tee-shirts and reflective vests to plant shade trees and native shrubs. In addition to beautifying the park, the planting is designed to attract birds and pollinators with the goal of sustaining plant growth in the neighborhood, the city said in a press release.
“These plantings will provide our neighborhood residents to see the value and importance of using native plants and organic alternatives in the care of our greenspace,” Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Patrick Sullivan said in a statement. “The new plantings will make a great difference in the environmental and aesthetic quality of the park.”
ReGreen Springfield President David Bloniarz — who Sarno repeatedly referred to as the city’s Johnny Appleseed — credited volunteers for their work in beautifying Mason Square over the past several years. “I can’t thank the folks from Berkshire Bank enough. This is your third year working up here within a quarter of a mile,” Bloniarz said.” Making a difference in the neighborhood .Making a difference in the quality of life.”
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and the Environment has designated $22,000 for the continued establishment of the Forest Park Arboretum. The funding will help move this important initiative forward, and will enable the Arboretum team to accelerate the application proposal for the Class III arboretum designation. The funds will be used for the development of a computerized database, continued training of Arboretum Assistants and other important components of the project.
Please consider joining Regreen Springfield as we continue to increase the tree canopy over Springfield. Since the devastating tornado on June 1, 2011 we have accomplished great things, including helping to plant nearly 4,000 new trees in Springfield. Take a few minutes and help us to accomplish our goals for this summer… providing environmental education to youth in low-income neighborhoods, helping to restore Abbey Brook in East Springfield, partnering with the US Forest Service, UMass, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and NASA to make Springfield more sustainable, and starting our new Citizen Science initiative.
Why not lend a hand, or join us as a member of Regreen Springfield. Please click on the buttons near the top of the page to begin your adventure in regreening Springfield… one tree at a time.