100 Trees Planted in Hopewell
Hopewell Recreation and Parks partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to plant more than 100 trees across the city this fall as part of the Hopewell Restoration Project. CBF initiated the Hopewell Restoration Project in 2018 to add green infrastructure in targeted areas where increased tee canopy and soil stabilization were most needed. The initiative also provided environmental education opportunities like tree steward classes, invasive species removal efforts, rain barrel workshops, and more. In the fall of 2020, the two organizations identified portions of 21st Avenue, Maryland Avenue, and Atlantic Street that could accommodate new trees. Volunteers planted 30 trees in these areas, beautifying the neighborhood and adding a variety of environmental benefits. A few weeks later, a team of more than 30 soldiers from Fort Lee joined HRP and CBF at Riverside Park to plant 40 trees to reforest an unused area of the park. The reforested area will help strengthen the parks biodiversity, along with various other environmental benefits. These efforts combined with the 31 trees planted as an urban orchard at the Woodlawn Learning Center and five trees planted at Westwood Park, bring the total trees planted to 106. These efforts will provide immediate results in terms of aesthetic improvements, but will also yield long-term benefits of cleaner water, cleaner air, and cooler neighborhoods. HRP and CBF would like to thank all of the volunteers who assisted with these very important planting projects.