Ha, we spoke too soon. Rather than being a season with no new sapling tree plantings and therefore a slow season for adopters, it turns out this is the year of new trees!
On May 23rd four very small (1 foot high) Shagbark Hickorys (Carya ovata) were planted by Urban Forestry along the lip of the bowl inside the wooded area, on May 30th Parks planted four new trees in the south end just east of the gate flower beds as well as four small tree-shrubs around the Greenhouse, and on June 13th a group of volunteers from Royal Bank Canada planted 28 (!) new trees on the north-east slopes of the bowl. Doing the rounds last week we also discovered three new trees just south of the tennis courts which were planted in the fall of 2014.
And then on June 19th the 26 trees we were expecting this fall or next spring from Urban Forestry arrived.
"Eb" stands for European Beech
That's 69 new sapling trees!
This is wonderful news for the canopy succession in our favourite park. We'd love to have them all adopted into our volunteer watering program.
Want to join us in helping ensure they survive?
Last friday, one of our dedicated tree adopters was surprised with a marriage proposal from her boyfriend in the Greenhouse! She said yes. Best wishes, Lindsay and Freddy!
PS - If you're curious about the adopt a tree program, have a look at the menu tab "Adopt-a-Tree" (above). We need more volunteers! Wedding proposals not included.
NEW AAT COORDINATOR
Great big welcome and thanks to Laura Jamer who is taking over as our Adopt A Tree Coordinator (a volunteer position). The transition will take place over the coming weeks as I pass along our various lists and contacts. Laura lives across from the park and has been a tree adopter for the past two years, so is very familiar with what we're all up to. Clearly she's also a believer in getting involved and giving back to the park too.
Laura (L) accepts the AAT Zurn-key from Michaelle (thanks Aidan for the photo)
Although I now live a bit of distance from the park, I continue on as an adopter (two gorgeous young things in the north end of the park), and am looking to start an AAT program in a parkette closer to home.
2014 SEASON LAUNCHES
The buggies, hoses, and jugs were deployed about ten days ago and the 2014 watering season is now open.
The season is starting in the droughty end of things. Total rainfall in May was less than 2" (50mm) and in the past two weeks less than 1/2" (12mm) of rain has fallen.
All to say --it's very dry. Get out there and water!
We are always looking for new adopters, although as this 2014 season opens -- and for the first time in a number of years -- it looks like we're okay in that department. Forty-plus cherry trees in the south end of the park graduated at the end of last summer, and many of you are interested in continuing involvement. (Fantastic!) As well, about ten saplings were killed by our severe winter and those adopters will be moved to other trees.
Having said that, we notice five or six new trees appeared in the south end last week, and Urban Forestry advised us that four new Shagbark Hickories were planted along the north and west lip of the bowl. They are only about 8" high -- so let's be extra careful of them. Hickories have long tap roots and transplant best when very small.
FYI, we've been advised that Urban Forestry is planning about two dozen other new trees for the park to come this Fall or next Spring.
Have a great summer of watering everyone -- it's been a great pleasure to meet you all and to have been the AAT Coordinator the past six summers.
Best -- Michaelle McLean
FoTBP AAT Coordinator 2008-2014
Another Adopt A Tree season comes to a close -- it was a beautiful day yesterday when I went to pick up the buggies and jugs.
Thanks to my fellow Water Capitains Carole, Joanna and Nariman for keeping an eye on the water outlets and buggies, etc.
And a big pat on the back to all of us for doing our bit for the saplings in their formative years -- such an elegant way to give back to our park. In case you're counting, the 2013 season was the seventh year of our Adopt A Tree watering program.
And speaking of the park -- isn't it looking gorgeous with fall colour this week! I don't remember the sugar maples looking so swooningly swathed (sorry) in rich reds and oranges for some years.
Tree #437 Sugar Maple - Oct 10/2013 (M. McLean)
Tree #262 Hackberry on the SW edge of the circle drive - Oct 10/2013 (M. McLean)
I've only recently come to start to recognise a Hackberry and we've quite a few in the southern half of the circle in the south end of the park. The younger trees have that hilarious bumpy bark. It looks like the surface is crawling with corky caterpillars. The leaves are a beautiful bright yellow this week.
Tree #304 Red Green Ash in south end of the park - Oct 10/2013 (M. McLean)
#304 might be the largest Red Green Ash in the park. It's out in the open so its got a beautiful shape and one can get back a bit and really admire it -- especially this week as the rich yellows work with the remaining green to give it a real sparkle.
The tree numbers refer to the Tree Inventory that Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park commissioned in 2009.
And if you want more information about the trees in our park check out the Tree Tours tab.
June 17 update: Six orphans remaining
Even with two more little Sakura cherry trees added to our roster (the pair in behind the new bench north of the north-est baseball diamond) -- we've just seven more "orphan" saplings seeking neighborhood adopters.
They need 5-gallons (20 litres) of water every week over the summer until just before Thanksgiving and we've several water sources, buggies and jugs around the park.
If you're interested please contact the Adopt A Tree coordinator, Michaelle using our Contact Form and select "adoptatree."
Watering now for the park's future canopy. oh yeah.
And speaking of the park's tree canopy, this is one of the LIttle Leaf Lindens (Tilia cordata) in the south end of the park. You can find more about this tree -- which has wonderfully fragrant blooms in early summer -- at Wikipedia.