In an effort to revitalize the woodlands and kick-start a maintenance program, Meadow Brook Hall is launching the Woodland Entrance Restoration Program on Arbor Day, April 28, 2017 as a community work day and tree planting celebration.
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 you can Help:
- Sign-up as a “work” volunteer
- Donate funds to purchase trees for planting; ReLeaf Michigan will match up to $1,000 to buy trees
- Bring your own tools or donate funds to purchase tools such as loppers, pruners, shovels and rakes
- Bring beverages/snacks for volunteers
Following a short orientation, all volunteers will be divided into work groups to:
- remove invasive plant species (dig out or cut to ground)
- haul fallen branches
- spread wood chips on the footpaths and planting area
- plant trees and indigenous wildflowers
Following the work session, volunteers will gather along the driveway for the ceremonial tree planting and photo opportunity hosted by the City of Rochester Hills, an Arbor Day Foundation – Tree City USA Community. Mayor Bryan Barnett will offer remarks and pass along the shovel to Boy Scout volunteers to plant a tree.
Friday, April 28, 2017, 1 – 4 pm
- 1 pm – Garden Tent – Volunteer check-in and brief orientation by ReLeaf Michigan
- 1:30 – 3:30 pm – Woodlands clean-up and planting
- 4 pm – Arbor Day celebration with Mayor Barnett/City of Rochester Hills, official tree planting ceremony