The Johnny Appleseed Orchard received some fall clean up work this week, as workers and volunteers helped to prepare the site for winter. Weeding, edging of the planting beds and other maintenance efforts were undertaken on Saturday, November 19th. The Orchard will receive some additional attention this week, including the installation of rodent protection around the trunks of the trees in order to keep animals from eating the bark over the cold winter.
Pruning of the Orchard is planned for February, when cold temperatures make it ideal for removing unwanted branching on the fruit trees. The Orchard contains over 30 fruit trees, fruit producing bushes and flowering perennials.
On Wednesday, October 12th, volunteers from Verizon Wireless joined Regreen Springfield and the City of Springfield Forestry Division in planting new trees at Harriett Tubman Park, in the Old Hill Neighborhood of the city. The new trees, paid for through a grant from the National Arbor Day Foundation and CSX Railroad replaced trees lost in the 2011 tornado which destroyed all of the existing trees in the Park. Tubman Park is located on Hickory Street, along the Mill River, and the new trees will help to reduced water runoff and erosion, and also filter the water that flows through the Park into the river.
The new trees include Hickory, Crabapple, Red Maple, Sugar Maple and Black Locust. Regreen Springfield will be preparing an i-Tree report on the project benefits, in partnership with the Alliance for Community Trees. In addition to volunteers from Verizon Wireless, students from the University of Massachusetts assisted in the planting effort.
To learn more about the effort, please visit http://wwlp.com/2016/10/12/75-new-trees-being-planted-at-tornado-damaged-springfield-park/
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