Through our tree advocacy efforts, ReGreen Springfield has collaborated with businesses, community organizations, educational partners and government agencies to promote the reforestation of Springfield, improve growing conditions for trees and engage new allies in tree care and monitoring.
ReGreen Springfield realizes that strength of our city in found in the neighborhoods. With that as the foundation for our work, we have embarked on an effort to partner with civic associations, religious institutions, businesses and other advocacy groups to assist in helping to ‘regreen’ the city.
A few of the thngs that ReGreen Springfield is doing to ensure that urban forest of the city is enjoyed by generations into the future include the following:
Planning for greening
Planting new trees
Maintenance of newly planted trees
Engaging ‘citizen scientists’
Developing strategic master plans
Last summer, we were able to plant 1,040 new trees across the tornado zone of Springfield in an effort to regreen the city and to help reduce energy use by individual homeowners. Please join Regreen Springfield in this reforestation effort by planting a tree in your own yard, helping to plant trees along our streets and in our parks, or donate your time or funds to neighborhood regreening efforts. With your help, Springfield’s urban forest will be restored… one tree at a time.
Block Party in the Square (Gunn Square, Springfield, MA)
Join us for a free old fashioned barbecue, entertainment and giveaways for the whole family! Have some fun and engage in your community!
Hosted by Regreen Springfield and Greening the Gateway Cities Springfield, this neighborhood event will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Forest Park Arboretum in Springfield has been awarded a Level II Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity, and professionalism.
The Forest Park Arboretum is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.
Over the past two years, ReGreen Springfield, in partnership with the Springfield Parks Department and the USDA Forest Service, has spearheaded the effort to create the Forest Park Arboretum, building upon the rich botanic collection and horticultural features of the Park. Working with volunteer community ‘Arboretum Assistants’ over 400 trees have been catalogued and mapped, and identification tags have been placed on nearly 225 trees. It is hoped that all the trees will be tagged by end of October. Volunteers are needed for this effort, if this is something that might be interest to you.
Also, the Arboretum will be announcing a series of community events, taking place in over the next few months. These will include educational talks, tours and tree identification sessions. Please look for details coming soon. Please visit www.regreenspringfield.org/fparboretum to learn more about the newly designated Forest Park Arboretum and to keep up with the latest news.
The Forest Park Arboretum was initially started in 2017, and since has grown into a catalog of 300 trees with 90 of those trees tagged. As efforts continue, we strive to get all 300 cataloged trees tagged by the end of this summer, but we need your help!
Come to our 2019 Arboretum Grill and Chill, at Forest Park rose garden, to discuss our Arboretum goals for 2019 and plan our work for the season. Your attendance will help ensure we continue achieving our goals for 2019.
Join us June 24th, at 6:00 PM at the rose garden in Forest Park for food, refreshments, and lively conversation with other Arboretum enthusiasts!