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Tree Pruning Update The Half Time Report
At the beginning of this pruning season Worcester Tree Initiative set a goal for ourselves; we wanted to prune 300 trees between December and the end of March. Well, with our most recent Tree Pruning Outings in the books the season is half over, and we thought, we should give everyone a little progress report to see how we’re doing.
If you’ve been checking our website you may have seen that we started the season in the Indian Hill neighborhood off of Ararat Street. Each session we would make our way further into the neighborhood until about 2 weeks ago we had gotten all the way through it. All things totaled we pruned 145 trees in that neighborhood putting us just shy of half hour goal!
On January 20th and 21st we had amazing weather and a great crew of volunteers came out to help in the next neighborhood we were taking on just across Ararat Street on Ridgewood Road. With a couple of warm days, discerning eyes, and cheerful attitudes we pruned another 40 trees shooting us past the half-way mark on our 300 tree goal up to 185 trees. This is a great head start as we look to the next 8 pruning sessions in February and March and makes me think that we could exceed our goal for the season.
We would love to get some more people to join us in the next 8 weeks. Even if you have no experience you are welcome; we will gladly teach you what you need to know and we work in pairs so you can double check with a pruning outing veteran if you’re not sure about making a cut. Our pro tip when you come out is to wear layers, especially on your feet; it’s always more fun if you can stay warm. We will do our best to help keep you warm by bringing hot coffee, pastries, and hand warmers. Your next chances to join us are Friday, February 3rd, 9-11am and Saturday, February 5th, 8-10am at the corner of Ridgewood and Reardon Road. For more information and a reference map of where that is you can check out the upcoming events page on our website.