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December 2021 Quarterly Update



Building public landscapes.
Enriching the community.

December  2021

Season’s Greetings! 

As we approach the end of 2021, we want to express our gratitude for your support.  Thank you!  Your contributions and volunteer hours ensure the landscapes under our care remain transformational spaces that build community and improve the environment.  It has been an exciting year for Capital Trees with an increase in staff capacity, a growing community engagement program, the development of sustainable management practices, and the start of a strategic plan to set our future priorities.  We are excited for the New Year and are wrapping up 2021 with highlights of work and collaborations from the last quarter.


Great Shiplock Park Refresh

Great Shiplock Park’s renovation was completed by Capital Trees in 2013.  Starting this fall and continuing into 2022, Capital Trees will be updating and refreshing key areas of the park.  In late October, thanks to a grant from Altria through HandsOnRVA and community workday volunteers, the front trestle bed and two entrance beds were planted.  In the spring of 2022, Capital Trees will be updating the rain garden near the canal including replanting native plants and installing a pollinator area adjacent to the rain garden.  Look for ways to volunteer and support this project in the new year!


Golden Hammer Award

At the Golden Hammer Awards on October 28,  the Low Line Green received an award for Best Place Making.  Sponsored by Historic Richmond and Storefront for Community Design, the Golden Hammer Awards honor excellence in neighborhood revitalization projects throughout Greater Richmond. We are thrilled to be honored.  The Low Line Green was the final phase of Capital Trees Low Line project. Begun in 2015 and completed in 2020, the multiphase transformational Low Line project required the support, collaboration, and imagination of the entire community.

Photo by Magali Photos

InLight 2021

On November 12 & 13, The Low Line, Great Shiplock Park, Chapel Island, the Virginia Capital Trail, and the neighboring Dock Street property were featured locations for InLight 2021.  As a partner for InLight, Capital Trees was thrilled to see so many people enjoying art, greenspace, and public landscapes.


Community Engagement

Our Community Engagement program continues to grow!  This quarter Capital Trees sponsored four private workdays, one community work day, and ten Wednesday maintenance sessions.  Volunteers contributed 229 hours of service to the gardens from Great Shiplock Park to the Low Line Green.  In the first two quarters of this fiscal year, we have logged over 402 volunteer hours.  Capital Trees is committed to maintaining our projects so that they remain spaces that invite persons to gather and improve the environment.  Our growing volunteer core are a key to this commitment.  THANK YOU!!

Thanks to the private groups who volunteered with us this quarter, One South Realty, Catholic Diocese of Richmond, BHE GT&S, and ONE-Line.

Capital Trees also sponsored two Friends of Capital Trees tours in November and December that focused on the gardens in late fall/early winter and provided an update on Capital Trees’ programs.

You can sign up for weekly maintenance and community workdays HERE.  Contact Lisa Trapp, Program and Outreach Manager, to schedule a private workday, speaking engagement, or tour.  We will have four community workdays in 2022!


2022 Events

Capital Trees will have their first community work day of 2022 on Saturday, February 26.  Look for more information on social media or at HandsOnRVA. Our tentative community workday schedule for the remainder of 2022 is June 4, August 20, and October 22.

Virginia Capital Trails Foundation’s Cap2Cap ride will take place May 6 & 7, 2022.  Its not too early to REGISTER or VOLUNTEER for this great event that supports the Virginia Capital Trail.


Each Gift is a Seed Planted

70% of our funding comes from individual donors.  These donations help us to undertake new transformational projects and to maintain the meaningful spaces we’ve restored.  As the year concludes we invite you to consider making a gift to Capital Trees including stock gifts.  You can access our stock gift procedures using THIS LINK.

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