Urban Orchard in Hopewell
The Hopewell Recreation and Parks Foundation teamed up with the Hopewell Tree Stewards to install an urban orchard on the campus of the Woodlawn Learning Center. The orchard project was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Department of Forestry as part of their Virginia Trees for Clean Water program. The grant provided almost $4,000 to cover the cost of trees, planting supplies, equipment, and technical support. The orchard layout was designed with assistance from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Hopewell Recreation and Parks assisted with logistics and preparation for the event. In all, 31 trees were installed by more than 40 volunteers on Saturday, November 14, 2020. Hopewell Tree Stewards, Stephanie Dayberry and Erin Kelley, led the project and provided a detailed demonstration on how to correctly plant a tree. Most of the trees planted will bear fruit or nuts seasonally and provide a food source for people, animals, and insects. The orchard will compliment the community garden that had already been established and sustained at the learning center for several years. The Hopewell Recreation and Parks Foundation would like to thank all parties involved, especially all the volunteers who sacrificed their Saturday to make this project possible.