The Richmond Earth Day Festival is coming up Saturday, April 23, from noon to 7 p.m. It is a FREE, day long celebration that provides resources, education, and information in a fun-filled outdoor setting to help our community incorporate eco-friendly practices, products, and services in their homes and everyday routines; as we strive to make Richmond a “greener” city. Continue reading
The Reedy Creek Meadow is getting a wildflower makeover. Nathan Burrell, trails manager for James River Park will be leading a group of HandsOn Greater Richmond volunteers — including many children — Saturday morning to plant plenty of new seeds! Continue reading
About 15 HandsOn Greater Richmond volunteers got their shot Saturday at removing invasive plants from the areas surrounding the parking lot at Pony Pasture and restoring native plants, such as Virginia bluebells.
The temperature was in the mid 40s and the snow was gone, but the ground was still somewhat frozen. The work involved cutting down unwanted bushes and pulling anything green — which is easy to determine in winter. Among the invasive species on the unwanted list are Japanese honeysuckle, English ivy, China privet, and wisteria.
“People’s hedges have washed down here and settled during annual floods,” said James River Park manager Ralph White. “Density of invasive species has a negative impact on native species. Sunlight cannot reach the native plants, the unwanted plants catch all the light.”
Among the volunteers was the mother-daughter duo of Belinda Brown and her daughter Chayenne, who was volunteering to help fulfill the 30 hours of community service she needs for her IB program at Fairfield Middle School.
“We’ve been enjoying it…we wanted to give back,” Belinda said. “Her father and I are trying to teach her the importance of giving service.”
This past weekend’s cleanup was originally scheduled for December but was snowed out. There have already been several invasive species removal volunteer events at Pony Pasture, so if you are interested please check www.HandsOnGR.org.
Help HandsOn Greater Richmond! The Friends of James River Park‘s mission is to provide an ongoing source of citizen support for the conservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of the James River Parks and their natural and historical environments. Volunteers will help restore a section of the James River Canal and help return the ballroom in the old Pump House to its glory days as a venue for social events.
Specific Tasks include cutting and hauling brush from a dry canal bed and cleaning and painting the Pump House ballroom. The minimum age for volunteers is 16 years old. All volunteers under the age of 18 are required to bring a signed copy of the Youth Waiver form to the project in order to participate.
WHEN: Saturday, October 16, 9:00AM – 2:30PM
HOW: Sign up on the HandsOn website