More trees will be added to Norfolk’s tree canopy. Here’s how

Trees line some streets in Norfolk. (Southside Daily/courtesy of the city's Celebrate Trees Facebook page)
Trees line some streets in Norfolk. (Southside Daily/courtesy of the city’s Celebrate Trees Facebook page)

NORFOLK — The city’s tree canopy is expanding thanks to a $60,500 donation from the Friends of Norfolk’s Environment.

City Council approved the donation and with it FONE will establish four new Living Legacy Groves at Southside STEM Academy, Poplar Hall Park, Sarah Constance Beach and Community Beach Park.

Volunteers will install the trees with the help of the city’s Parks and Urban Forestry staff during the fall 2019 and winter 2020 planting season.

Living Legacy Groves are planned groupings of trees and other native plantings on city property made possible by donations from residents, businesses and nonprofits, officials said.

The groves are a key part of the city’s resilience strategy to increase the tree canopy to mitigate impacts from stormwater, tidal surge, and provide clean air and water, officials added.

“We appreciate the support and ongoing efforts of FONE leadership and volunteers to improve our environment and educate our community. These groves will support Norfolk’s Green Infrastructure Plan to be the coastal community of the future,” said Darrell Crittendon, director of Recreation Parks and Open Space.

The goal for each Living Legacy Grove is to serve the environmental needs of its surrounding community.

Below are additional details for each donated grove:

  • Southside STEM Academy: 64 native trees and 18 shrubs.
  • Poplar Hall Park: 39 native trees.
  • Sarah Constance Beach Park: 12 native trees, 24 shrubs, and 242 assorted grasses/perennials.
  • Community Beach Park: $20,000 donation provided by Jeffrey Morse specifically for Community Beach Park.

For more information on Living Legacy Groves click here.

For information on FONE click here.

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