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The City of New Rochelle observed Arbor Day on Friday, April 30 by planting a white oak tree at Ward Acres Park, joined by volunteer members of the Ward Acres Conservancy and first grade students from Ward Elementary School. New Rochelle has been a Tree City since 1991.
This spring season, the City will plant over 100 trees. Additionally, residents can sign up for a street tree in their neighborhood through the City’s website www.newrochelleny.com/plantatree. Building the City’s tree canopy is one of the goals of greeNR, New Rochelle’s sustainability plan.
In addition to the white oak, seven American holly trees will also be planted at Ward Acres this weekend by The Ward Acres Conservancy, a private citizens group partnering with the City of New Rochelle to maintain and enhance Ward Acres Park for the benefit of the community. A goal of the Conservancy is to increase native biodiversity in the park, noted Steve Cadenhead, Executive Board Member, with members leading volunteer teams each month to reclaim and restore the park’s ecosystem. “The meadow where this year’s tree was planted was cleared and replanted with native shrubs and trees by these teams of community volunteers,” he said. As of this weekend, the Conservancy has planted 553 shrubs, 140 trees, and 39 lbs of wildflower seed since April/May 2020.
“Through this partnership, we've been able to make great strides in restoring and preserving the native habitats of the park, raise awareness of the park's amenities and ecological significance, and create volunteer opportunities for residents to help restore the park's ecological landscape,” said Sara Kaye, WAC member and District 5 Council Member.
Those interested in volunteer opportunities at Ward Acres can sign up through Volunteer New York!