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Help restore Forest Hill Park’s old Azalea Gardens with Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Reedy Creek Coalition, and Friends of Forest Hill Park. Volunteers will be planting and mulching bare root seedling trees. Don’t worry, instruction for proper planting will be provided.  Volunteers will help spread mulch as well.   The long term goal is to increase the tree canopy and reduce soil erosion.  We will remove English ivy if there is time left after completing the tree planting/mulching tasks.

We will meet at the Stone House at 1 p.m. and walk over to the Azalea Garden. 

Late comers will need to come directly to the Old Azalea Garden which is across the street from Brookside Road on Forest Hill Ave.  If you park near the Stone House, just walk east (toward town) on Forest Hill Ave. The Old Azalea Garden is at the eastern edge of the park just off of Forest Hill Ave.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear clothing appropriate for outside work – long sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes are recommended.

If you have your own garden gloves or favorite tools, please feel free to bring them with you.

To volunteer or if you have questions, please reply below.

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A Rain Garden

Where:  Stone House at Forest Hill Park (near intersection of 41st Street and Forest Hill Avenue)

Are you interested in beautifying your property while helping protect water quality?  Have you heard the term “rain garden” and want to know more?
Then this workshop is for you! The morning session will provide background information, tools, and tips for rain gardens on your property. Then, after a free lunch, we will check out the rain garden installation process at Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts.
To register, email Anna at amathis@allianceforthebay.org with your name, address, and phone number.
Registration is limited to 30, so sign up early!

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Trash in the Creek

WHY

Volunteers will remove paper, bottles, cans, old tires and other debris from Reedy Creek, located in southside Richmond. Litter and trash that enter our streams and rivers make those waters unsafe for people and impacts wildlife.

WHERE

Assemble at 8:30 a.m. at the Miles Jones Elementary School parking lot, located at 200 Beaufont Hills Drive for clean-up assignments.

PARTNERS

  • Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Reedy Creek Coalition
  • City of Richmond

TO REGISTER, CONTACT:

Chris French, cfrench@allianceforthebay.org, (804) 775-0951

 RECOMMENDED CLOTHING

Dress for weather conditions and outside work – sturdy shoes and thick gloves if you have ‘em – gloves, trash bags and equipment will be provided.

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Saturday, July  9 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Join the Reedy Creek Coalition and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay as we  “streamwalk” a section of Reedy Creek above Forest Hill Park.

Sewage-contaminated Discharge along the Creek

Help us identify sources of pollution that degrade Reedy Creek as well as Forest Hill Park lake; learn how to assess the health of the Reedy Creek ecosystem; have some fun tromping around in your local stream.

What to Bring/Wear:  Bring some knee-high boots or hip waders if you have them (hip waders in some sizes will be available).  Wear long pants.  Bring water, sunscreen, and bug protection.  Water, snacks, and hand disinfectant will be provided.

Where to Meet:   We will meet along Dunston Avenue just to the east (downstream) of Roanoke Avenue.  We will then divide into teams and walk segments of Reedy Creek between Roanoke Avenue and 44th street.

Please let us know you are coming by emailing us at: reedycreekcoalition@gmail.com.

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WHY

Volunteers will remove paper, bottles, cans, old tires and other debris from Reedy Creek, located in southside Richmond. Litter and trash that enter our streams and rivers make those waters unsafe for people and impacts wildlife.

WHERE

Assemble at 8:30 a.m. at the back parking lot of the Patrick Henry Elementary School, located at 3411 Semmes Avenue for clean-up assignments.

PARTNERS

§      Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

§      the Reedy Creek Coalition

§      City of Richmond

TO REGISTER, CONTACT:

Chris French, cfrench@allianceforthebay.org, (804) 775-0951

 RECOMMENDED CLOTHING

Dress for weather conditions and outside work – sturdy shoes and thick gloves if you have ‘em – gloves, trash bags and equipment will be provided.

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All park and garden weekend warriors, please come to Forest Hill Park on Saturday, May 7th, to fight against the encroaching invaders that are taking our trees hostage and choking out our native plants.

Come armed with garden gloves, pruners and loppers, whatever you have in your arsenal.  Wear camouflage (i.e., long pants and long sleeves) to outwit the stealthy Poison Ivy.  We’re going to be attacking our arch enemy, English Ivy – it’s been taking over for years now and we’ve had enough.

Meet at command center, the Stone House,  in Forest Hill Park at 12 noon on Saturday, May 7th.  Your generals will deliver your mission and your own patch of earth will be given to you then.  Stay as long or as little as you like.  The mission should be accomplished by 2  PM.  Refreshments provided.

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Looking for something to do this coming Saturday, April 16th?  May we recommend Arbor Day at the Carillon in Byrd Park from 10 AM to 2 PM.  One of the highlights will be Lou Verner, wildlife-mapping coordinator of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, who will explain “Why  We Won’t Save Wildlife without Native Plant Landscapes.”  Mr. Verner will speak at 11:00 AM.  Other events will be on-going. There will be LOTS of children’s activities. Please see  http://richmondtreestewards.wordpress.com/arbor-day-2/  for more information.

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