When Meadow Brook Farm was first established back in 1908, the countryside near Rochester was thickly wooded, teeming with wildlife and dotted by the occasional homestead. As time wore on, development, disease and invasive species gnawed away at the woodlands of The Hall.
The woods surrounding The Hall provided privacy, a recreational activity for family and visitors, and a home for the wildlife. As the woodland have declined, Meadow Brook Hall staff and volunteers have worked to preserve the historic landscape.
Building on the success of previous years, The Hall will be celebrating Arbor Day with a Woodland Restoration workday. On Friday, April 26, volunteers will participate in a community workday to maintain the woods in the entrance drive in front of The Hall. This will also be a celebration of Arbor Day, as a tree planting ceremony will follow.
Helping us facilitate the program is ReLeaf Michigan, a statewide volunteer non-profit tree planting organization whose mission is to educate the public on the value of trees and how to properly select, plant and maintain them.
How can you help Meadow Brook Hall maintain our historic woodlands?
• Sign-up as a “work” volunteer
• Donate funds to purchase trees for planting
• Bring your own tools or donate funds to purchase tools such as loppers, pruners, shovels and rakes
• Bring beverages/snacks for volunteers
The community workday is scheduled to go as follows:
1:00 p.m. – Garden Tent – Volunteer check-in and brief orientation by ReLeaf Michigan
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Woodlands clean-up and planting
3:00 p.m. – Arbor Day celebration and tree planting ceremony