Regreening Old Hill

Arbor Day Celebration & Forest Park Arboretum Ceremony – April 28th

Arboretum Day 2017 UpdatedRegreen Springfield, in partnership with the Springfield Forestry Division and the Paperboard Packaging Council invite you to join students of the Springfield Environmental Center of Our Schools (ECOS) in planting new trees in celebration of Arbor Day 2017, in Forest Park on April 28th at 10:00 AM.

Thanks to a generous donation by the Paperboard Packaging Council, headquartered in Springfield, five new trees will be added to the Forest Park Arboretum. The first permanent labels on the Forest Park Arboretum trees will be installed at this event, marking a great step forward in the Arboretum’s development.

Please plan to attend if you can.  The festivities begin at 10:00 AM near the Duck Ponds in the lower park.  Please use the Sumner Avenue entrance, and let the toll booth attendant know that you are headed to the Arbor Day event.

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Verizon Wireless and UMass Help Regreen Plant Trees at Harriett Tubman Park

img_0255On 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.

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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.

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