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June 2023 Quarterly Update


Quarterly Update

Throughout the spring, Capital Trees has continued its work of building a greener and more livable Richmond in our three strategic areas of BUILD, MANAGE, EDUCATE.  We are also wrapping up our fiscal year on June 30.  Enjoy this update on current projects and programs.

Shelly Barrick Parsons
Executive Director



Hotchkiss Update
Working with Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities and Timmons Group, Capital Trees continues to move forward with the greenspace transformation project at Hotchkiss Field and Community Center on the city’s northside.  In June, project plans were unanimously approved by the Urban Design Committee.  The next steps include initiating the permitting process and contractor selection.  With your support we will break ground in 2024 after 80% of construction costs are raised.  



A Tally Of Volunteer Hours

The quarter is not yet complete and volunteers have logged 347 hours of sustainable management through private workdays and weekly maintenance volunteers. Thank you to all our volunteers who help us care for these transformational spaces.   


Thanks to… 

First time private workday volunteers Steward School, AKA Sororitty Upsilon Omega Chapter, Hunton Andrews Kurth, Richmond Women in Design, and DNA Workshop.  Thank you to returning private workday volunteers Sauer Properties and Troutman Pepper.  


Maintenance Updates

This spring work included:

  • Perennial planting in the median at Great Shiplock Park
  • Native grasses and irises planted along the canal by both private and maintenance volunteers and
  • Pruning along the trail



What’s in bloom? 

In the coming weeks be on the lookout for Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot), Rudbeckia hirta (Black-Eyed Susan), and Monarda punctata (Spotted Beebalm).


Sustainability Blog

As we continue to establish sustainable management practices, we are documenting our work and the research that inspires our work in our sustainable management blog.  Here are blog highlights from the last quarter:  




Want to help make Richmond greener and more livable?

We invite you to volunteer with us! 

Learn more about volunteering.



Your support to Capital Trees helps us

  • launch new projects
  • sustain current projects, or
  • raise awareness in the community about the value of public landscapes 

Please consider making a donation to Capital Trees.

We are participating in Birdies for Charity presented by TowneBank to maximize charitable giving. Make your gift HERE now through October 22 and we will receive an additional 10%

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