‘Street Colors’ Brings Fall Excitement to the South End

On 29272581103_61cd44be90_oSaturday, 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…

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Hot, Dry Weather Continues

20160816_MA_trd (1)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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Forest Park Arboretum Volunteer Continue Work in Forest Park

27468091275_238dbbef31_oOver the past few weeks, community volunteers working at ‘Arboretum Assistants’ have mapped and gathered information on over 100 new trees in Forest Park, which now brings the total to nearly 300 trees.  The location information, along with the tree species, size and other details will entered into the arboretum database, as part of the ongoing effort to create the first Class 3 Arboretum in the region.

Using smartphone mapping and data collection technology, teams of volunteers have been canvasing various sectors of the park collecting information and photos. In early August, aluminum tree tags will be attached to the first 50 trees in the Arboretum, and subsequent trees will be tagged as part of several work sessions planned for September.

If you would like to participate in this exciting effort, please let us know, and we can get you up to speed.  You will learn to identify trees, or fine tune your skills, and take part in an new community education initiative that will make a difference in the lives of urban residents.

To assist, just send an email to info@regreenspringfield.org

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