On Sunday October 23rd, 2022, community members joined 9 Tree Stewards in Alexandria Virginia’s Ben Brenman Park to plant 28 native trees.
The tree species planted included White Oak, Sweet Gum, Eastern Red Cedar, Common Hackberry, Black Locust, Sycamore, and Black Gum.
This planting was made possible by a generous grant from One Tree Planted which covered the cost of the trees and supplies, including twenty-eight 5- to 7-gallon container trees, mulch, stakes, watering bags and trunk protectors.
Newly-planted trees need regular watering to thrive, and the importance of follow-on watering was not ignored. The City of Alexandria generously offered to include the newly planted trees on its watering contract for the 2023 growing season.
This was a learning opportunity for the volunteers, who showed great interest in Tree Stewards coaching how to properly plant trees to get the trees off to a great start and a long life.
Photos provided by Tree Stewards of Arlington and Alexandria.