Help the James by sprucing up Crooked Branch for spring

The Northrop Oak is a huge old White Oak tree located in Crooked Branch Ravine Park

"Remarkable Tree" credit: Robin C. Ruth

Do you like to see huge trees? The Northrop Oak is a huge old White Oak tree located in Crooked Branch Ravine Park in Southside and has been nominated as a “remarkable tree.” It is on what was formerly the Northrop Estate just south of the James River along Reedy Creek.

Take a chance to check this tree — volunteer Saturday at Crooked Branch Ravine Park to help Reedy Creek (and the James River) as part of their Alternative Spring Break. I helped remove ivy last year and really enjoyed the time and the people. Crooked Branch is a tiny, little-known park but it has a lot going for it. 

Volunteers at the Northrop Oak in March 2010The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and Reedy Creek Coalition are looking for volunteers! Interested in helping the native habitat of a local park? Come help us remove invasive species – mostly English ivy – so that native plants can thrive. We’ll be working in Crooked Branch Park, on the Southside of Richmond, just upstream from Forest Hill Park. We’ll also do a little trash clean-up while we are there.

When: Saturday, March 12th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (with break for lunch)

Where: Meet at the Stone House at Forest Hill Park. We will then carpool to Crooked Branch.

What to Bring: Please pack a lunch, bring your work gloves, and wear sturdy shoes. Long pants and long sleeves are recommended. Pruners and trash bags will be provided.

To volunteer please contact: Anna Mathis at or Jess Barton at


3 responses to “Help the James by sprucing up Crooked Branch for spring

  1. I am out of town this weekend but would love to give back to the river this year instead of simply being a user of it. Any other volunteer opportunities or ways you would recommend helping?

    • Keep your eyes open for signups, especially this time of year. HandOn Greater Richmond always has something or you could join Friends of James River Park, JROC or many other groups to help. Of course, JRNH will try to keep posting events too!

  2. Pingback: CBF’s Alternative Spring Break needs volunteers | James River News Hub

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