As we begin the summer, the Baltimore Tree Trust and the Old Goucher Community Association can look back on another great planting season. On May 9, we had our biggest tree planting event ever, planting sixty street trees with a big turn-out from fifty volunteers and TreeKeepers.
This was our second spring planting, with trees going in on 24th Street, up on 27th Street, along Howard Street. A big thanks to Baltimore Lab School, for its 18 energetic volunteers. And an equally big thanks to the all the volunteers who have come back for each planting, and to the new folks who turned out. A good time was had by all!
The new trees lining the blocks around 20th and 21st Streets with street trees are already providing some shade and green. Some of the new young trees are a wide range of species. Can you identify which are London planes, black gums, honey locusts, yellowwoods, fringe trees, or red maples?
We have now planted 160 new street trees in Old Goucher, and look forward to seeing everyone next fall! Remember to water those new young trees!!!!
Many thanks to our funders and partners:
A Spruce-Up grant from Homewood Community Partners awarded to the Old Goucher Community Association made possible 79 of the new street trees. (The Spruce Up grants are a new funding source for Greater Homewood communities, administered by the Central Baltimore Partnership.)
And thank you to the Alliance for Community Trees and the Chesapeake Bay Trust for funding the planting of another 60 of the 160 street trees.
And, thanks once again to the generosity and hard-working men of P. Flanigan & Sons for cutting the new pits in time for these spring plantings! They also will continue to cut all the new tree pits for this coming fall in Old Goucher. All this work has been pro bono – very civic-minded generosity. One of the most difficult and expensive parts of greening up a neighborhood with new street trees is getting new pits opened and prepared for the trees.
This can be complicated, hard work, and we are very grateful for all P. Flanigan & Sons have done, and look forward to their generous partnership as we prepare for more plantings this fall. Thank you Flanigan!