AN INDEPENDENT PROGRAM OF TOWER HILL BOTANIC GARDEN
Spring is in the Air, Let's Put Some Trees in the Ground
As I sit writing this it’s 55 degrees outside, the sun is shining, and birds are chirping. It’s also February. There is still a month of winter proper left but it’s hard to think about that when the weather has been so wonderful! That’s why we at Worcester Tree Initiative are thinking spring and what’s coming up for us. Join us in thinking ahead toward more days like the ones we’ve had this week.
As you have likely heard, the Asian Longhorned Beetle continues to be a thorn in our side and a pest in our trees. Last year 900 trees were cut down because of the infestation and already 300 more are slated for this year. These losses must be met with replanting and WTI will be part of it. We are fundraising right now for this spring and we need your support. Our goal for this season is to plant at least 200 trees in Worcester and we need $40,000 to meet this goal. We are looking for more support and asking for your help.
Among our first supporters for the year is Dennis Gorman. He created an endowment for Worcester’s Street Trees through Greater Worcester Community Foundation and this year some of our spring planting will be funded through this endowment. We are so appreciative of the interest Mr. Gorman has shown in Worcester’s street trees. You can learn more about and give to the Worcester Street Tree Fund by going to greaterworcester.org and looking at their funds.
The project that Mr. Gorman is supporting is a planting on Kilby Street in Main South. This street was was redone but there was not enough room in the sidewalks for traditional street trees. There is room however in the front yards of the houses on the streets, many of which are Main South CDC properties. WTI and the CDC identified this as a great opportunity to invest in a neighborhood in need of trees and will plant 10 trees along the street this spring. The trees will be planted by youth volunteers from the Main South CDC with the guidance of Worcester Tree Initiative staff.
We ensure donations go toward planting in places where trees are needed most. This includes areas losing trees to ALB and neighborhoods that historically have few trees. We also work with the communities in these neighborhoods to ensure that the trees we plant are cared for by the people that live there. Donating to Worcester Tree Initiative is an investment in our city’s urban forest and it’s people. You can make a donation to Worcester Tree Initiative to help us with projects like these this spring. Online giving and instructions for mailing a contribution can be found at http://www.treeworcester.org/give.html.