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December 2022 Quarterly Report



Building public landscapes.
Enriching the community.

December 2022

End of Year Reflections, Pt 1:  The Year in Pictures

End of Year Reflections, Pt 2:  Project Focused

Capital Trees entered 2022 focused on the future through strategic planning.  In June 2022, Capital Trees adopted a 3-year strategic plan that sets three program areas of focus:  Build, Manage, Educate along with internal strategic focus areas to strengthen the organization and ensure its long-term viability.  Board and staff recommitted to our mission: Building public landscapes. Enriching the community. We accomplish this mission by:
  • Collaborating to design, permit, fund, restore, enhance, build, and maintain high quality, environmentally beneficial, connective urban public landscapes throughout Richmond.
  • Educating the public on the use and value of public landscapes.
  • Operating collaboratively and efficiently with community stakeholders and the City of Richmond.
As we prioritize new projects and initiatives, we hope that our work will have the following outcomes in the communities we serve:
  • improve physical and mental health,
  • benefit the environment,
  • beautify and/or enhance a public landscape
  • enhance the community by connecting people with places, people with people, and people with nature,
  • provide horticultural stewardship, or
  • stimulate economic development.
We can only accomplish this work with your support.  Thank you for contributions and volunteer service this year.


End of Year Reflections, Pt 3:  Connecting the Community

While completing and adopting a strategic plan and with your generous support, Capital Trees continued to work to make Richmond greener and more livable by:

  • Launching a blog on sustainable management of public landscapes to share our subject matter expertise and practices
  • Renovating the rain garden at Great Shiplock Park including adding a pollinator friendly habitat around the rain garden
  • Logging 1112 volunteer hours in the management of the landscapes under our care
  • Advising on greenspace plans at the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond’s Teen and Community center
  • Initiating community visioning for green space renovations at Hotchkiss Field and Community Center with Timmons Group and Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities
  • Building partnerships for future projects
  • Joining with founding Garden Clubs and Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities to launch a Bee City USA taskforce to establish Richmond as a Bee City


Community Outreach 

Capital Trees engages with our neighbors through volunteer programming and educational events.  In the last quarter, we hosted 3 private work days (Troutman Pepper, CREW Richmond, and Federal Reserve staff), 9 maintenance workdays, and 1 community workday totalling 167 hours of community engagement with our gardens through volunteering.   Thanks to Troutman Pepper who is a repeat private work day group!  Capital Trees hosted Chesterfield Master Gardeners and Wander & Walk for tours along with Friends of Capital Trees tours in December.  Capital Trees participated in   ArborDayRVA 2022 in October sponsoring a workday and tree giveaway.

Our community programming is made possible by gifts to Capital Trees. Thank you.

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