April 14th was a great, sunny day and a happy one in the District. Upwards of 30 volunteers arrived between Elm and South on Chestnut for the 2018 Spring planting as part of our Greening the Jewelry District program. By the time the dust settled, the teams (all A Teams) had planted 26 new trees around the neighborhood.
Volunteers included a number of residents, JWU students, a large contingent from PayMe the innovate financial services company in Davol Square and other people interested in greening things.
The trees came to us free through the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program. PNPP is the street-tree planting partnership between the Mary Elizabeth Sharpe Providence Neighborhood Planting Program Fund, the City of Providence, and the residents of Providence.
City Forester Doug Still coordinated the logistics — ordering new or expanded tree cuts in the sidewalks, replacing the soil in the cuts and, on Saturday afternoon, delivering wood chip mulch and the new saplings to their locations.
Under the guidance of Cassie Tharinger, PNPP Executive Director (and the watchful eye of Doug Still), volunteers were briefed on proper tree planting procedures and turned loose. Breaking into teams, the volunteers headed out along Chestnut, Ship, Bassett, Dyer, South and Elbow Street armed with shovels, rakes, brooms and great spirit.
And the "forest" they planted included a wide variety, including: Redmond American linden, Canada red choke cherry, Armstrong red maple, Jefferson American Elm, red split pear, greenspire little leaf elm, shingle oak, Village Green Japanese zelkovia, Cleveland select pear, red sunset red maple and last, but not least, sawtooth oak.
Once the trees were in the ground, the teams set about digging post holes to hold bollards to protect the new, fragile trees from the vicissitudes of urban life. Time ran out before all the new trees could be fully bollarded. There's still work to be done there. (The Children's Museum is working with their kids to paint designs on some bollards — as soon as they're decorated, they'll be put in the ground.)
Organizers for the JDA were Olin Thompson, Allyson Paschke, Mark Hengen and Lew Dana.
Help our young trees flourish by contributing to the watering fund!
The JDA has arranged for watering our new trees, but that costs money. Our trees are a real asset in our urban setting and increasing its attraction as a place to live and work. So, if you can see your way to a contribution to the watering fund, you'll be making a sound investment in your neighborhood.
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