Because the trees in the park are being trimmed we have received 3 piles of fresh mulch to be used by the tree adopters to apply the annual ring of mulch around their tree. The mulch was also used around the Farmer's Market area to mitigate the earth compaction from the extra foot traffic around the stalls. Check the google map -- the pink pins are where the mulch was dropped.
Bring yourself a bucket or wheelbarrow and a spade.
We're gearing up for the new season, polishing up those bundle buggies, checking the water jugs and hoses, and talking to the Parks staff about water turned on.
Due to people moving away and/or their schedules changing, we're starting the season with thirteen+ orphan trees in need of adopters to take over responsiblity for watering/weeding/mulching them for the next three to five seasons. There are three and half Sakura Cherry tree twin-sets in the south end of the park, and six other trees in different parts of the park.
If you regularly walk in the park -- with your kids or your dog -- consider joining our program. It's a terrific way to give-back to our park and community. Contact Michaelle, who volunteers as the Adopt A Tree program coordinator at adoptatree (at) trinitybellwoods (dot) ca, or use the contact form here on the website.
You can see which trees are orphaned by having a look at our google map. The red icons denote the orphans.
Friends of Trinity Bellwoods Park's Adopt A Tree program will start gearing up sometime in late April or early May when we'll be looking for new adopters or babysitters (for when adopters go on holiday). The watering season doesn't generally start until sometime in June but depends, of course, on the weather. Last summer we experienced a very harsh drought from early June to September -- we'll see what Mother Nature has in store for us for 2012. We will also work with Parks to have a big pile of mulch brought in for our annual Spring Park Day (Sunday, June 10) so that we can refresh the mulch around the bottom of our trees, which helps enormously in preventing damage from those whipper-snapper grass cutters as well as slowing water evaporation.
If you're interested in becoming involved please give a shout. Use the contact form here and choose "Adopt A Tree" in the drop-down "To" box.
Forty-six new saplings were planted in the park this spring and summer -- plus we've noticed seven new Kentucky Coffee trees along Dundas Street in the past month for a total of 53 new trees in 2011. A veritable treasure-trove of shade, oxygen and greenery for the future. After a summer of drought -- a very tough inaugural year for the trees -- we seem to be in a nice wet fall (nice if you're a young tree).
The AAT program has wound down for the season and the water outlets were packed up and turned off Monday, October 17th. A big pat on the back to the sixty volunteers who have adopted a tree or "cherry twins" (or more). Thanks to them almost all of the new trees received at least a 5-gallon (20 litres) watering every week.
The 2011 season has been a big one for the AAT....