70+ volunteers from three different groups were in Juanita Heights Park this last week completing a herculean job in getting 432 plants into the ground and mulched with 2 five gallon pails around each plant.
The park is at the end of a cul de sac and down about 20 stairs. These volunteers hauled 3 pickup truck loads of heavy wet mulch down stairs in buckets, then into wheelbarrows.
EarthCorps volunteers started this project last October 2013. They made trails through dense blackberries, then volunteers started the removal of vines and grubbing out root crowns. Thank you very much EarthCorps volunteers for planting 432 plants in the clearing on October 18, 2014.
Enviornmental & Adventure School
EAS Students return for the 3rd time in 2014 completing the full circle of restoration from invasive removal, planting and mulching.
If these plants only knew what it took to get them tucked in with mulch!! Thank you Environmental and Adventure School students for hauling about 2 truckloads of mulch into the park and around these plants on Thursday, October 23, 2014. These students were in the park in March and June clearing blackberries so we could plant this week. You are terrific!
Saturday Oct 25 Volunteers
Thank you Saturday Oct 25th volunteer friends for moving the rest of the mulch into the park, then finishing the mulching around plants in Unit 6 and then believe it or not you started the planting of 100 plants in Unit 3. Wow. You are the best!
Here you are in a bucket brigade to get the final truck load of mulch off the cul de sac and into the park. You carried countless buckets up and down every step, then onto the trail and around the plants! The Saturday volunteers completed the grand finale by finishing the entire mulching of all plants in the clearing in Unit 6. With enough energy to spare they picked up shovels to plant a dozen ferns and bleeding hearts in Unit 3.
Each of you made a difference this week in this diminutive park that holds a vision to grow. Thank you from every tree trunk standing and come back soon. ~~~~~~
John Bailey and Kathy Schuler, Green Kirkland Stewards of Juanita Heights Park