Native Trees Planted Through Partnership With Community and One Tree Planted

On Sunday October 23rd, 2022, community members joined 9 Tree Stewards in Alexandria Virginia’s Ben Brenman Park to plant 28 native trees.

A photo showing volunteers posing with their newly-planted tree.

The tree species planted included White Oak, Sweet Gum, Eastern Red Cedar, Common Hackberry, Black Locust, Sycamore, and Black Gum.

A photo showing volunteers removing a tree from its container

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.

A photo showing volunteers spreading mulch around a tree
Photos showing volunteers planning where to plant the tree

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.

A photo showing volunteers taking turns digging a hole for the tree
Photos showing volunteers with volunteer shirts

Photos provided by Tree Stewards of Arlington and Alexandria.

About TreeStewards

TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, are trained volunteers who work to protect, preserve, and enhance urban tree canopy through public education and volunteer activities such as planting, pruning, and caring for trees.
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