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On Saturday, November 19th, a team of 20 volunteers from C&S Wholesale Grocers and Pope Francis High School, joined interns and Board members from Regreen Springfield, in helping to finish the restoration of Harriet Tubman Park, in Springfield’s Six Corners Neighborhood. Over 80 cubic yards of wood chips were spread under all of the play equipment in the Park. Earlier this fall, 22 new trees were planted in the Park, areas were weeded, trees were mulched and other restoration work was completed.
The work to install the wood chips was undertaken by the team, in partnership with the City of Springfield Parks Department who provided tools, wheel barrows and the wood chips. Through the work of Regreen Springfield and the Parks Department, the Park is now ready for full use for the first time since the June 2011 tornado.
This project was a great opportunity to involve many partners in the community regreening and enhancement project. Verizon Wireless, the University of Massachusetts, Pope Francis High School, C&S Grocers, the National Arbor Day Foundation, CSX Railroad, the Alliance for Community Trees, Regreen Springfield, the Springfield Parks Department and residents of the Hickory Street neighborhood helped to make this project a success.
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.
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.