A nationally competition has recently resulted in a TD Green Streets grant being awarded to the City of Springfield and Regreen Springfield. The award of the grant is a great honor, since it was a national, highly selective competition. The grant funds will enable the creation of two urban orchards in Springfield, as well as help support Regreen’s outreach and education activities, and help engage youth, neighborhood residents and community groups in the work of establishing the two orchards, which will produce fruit, as well as more engaged residents of the city.
Springfield joins Burlington, Vt.; Cheltenham Township, Pa.; Greenville, SC; Casselberry, Fla.; Myrtle Beach, SC; Salem, Mass.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and Wilmington, Del. in receiving an inaugural TD Green Streets grant. Launched in 2013 by TD Bank and the National Arbor Day Foundation, TD Green Streets supports innovation in urban forestry.
The official announcement was made on April 26th at the City’s Arbor Day Ceremony, held at Kennedy Middle School, in the Indian Orchard neighborhood.