Become A Hopewell Tree Steward at Free Summer Course

(HOPEWELL, VA)—Volunteer tree stewards are needed to help plant and nurture the growing number of trees in Hopewell. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is holding a free tree steward course in Hopewell on three consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning on July 23 at the Appomattox Regional Library at 209 East Cawson Street.

"Hopewell is committed to improving the health of its citizens, beautifying the community, and reducing pollution," said CBF Virginia Director of Outreach and Advocacy Ann Jurczyk. "Trees help accomplish all those goals. We’re proud to be launching a tree steward course in Hopewell so residents can help care for this growing urban forest and advocate for more trees in their community."

Tree stewards are critical volunteers that improve the quality of life in their city by nurturing trees in streets, parks, and neighborhoods. They also promote tree cover and raise awareness through educational programs. Anyone can become a tree steward through this free course, which will cover basics like planting, pruning, mulching, and watering techniques, the best types of trees to grow in Hopewell, and how to avoid problems from pests and invasive species. Tree Stewards pledge to help care for the municipal trees being planted in Hopewell.

The course will take place 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on July 23, July 29, and August 6. Required advance registration is available at www.cbf.org/treestewards.

The program is part of a grant awarded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Find out more about CBF's urban tree canopy and green infrastructure initiatives in Hopewell.

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