Thursday, October 20, 2022

Dig in

Volunteers needed to help plant 15 trees this Saturday 

Again this year, Romulus residents are invited to make a difference in the community that can last decades.

This Saturday morning, from 8:45 a.m. until noon, volunteers are needed to help plant 15 trees in Romulus. ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree organization, is partnering with the city to help plant the trees. Funding this year is being provided by the DTE Foundation. ReLeaf Michigan is the only statewide tree planting non-profit organization in the state, working with communities and organizations throughout Michigan to protect and restore urban tree canopies.

The ReLeaf mission is to educate the public on the value of trees and how to properly select, plant, and maintain them. 

Founded by some of the most respected arborists in the state and building on lifetimes of green expertise, ReLeaf Michigan has worked with over 400 communities across the state. Working with community volunteers, the group has planted nearly 30,000 trees on public property in Michigan cities, townships, and villages.  Unlike most other volunteer-driven tree planting organizations, ReLeaf Michigan plants trees that are already substantial in size resulting in much higher rates of survival and a more immediate environmental impact.

This planting will take place at the historic Peter Bird House in the city. The historic home is located at 12112 Wayne Road. ReLeaf Michigan tree experts will help volunteers and oversee the event. Families are welcome, organizers said. 

Volunteers should war closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing and come prepared to get dirty. Bring a shovel, organizers said, or a hard rake and gloves, if possible. The event will take place rain or shine and light refreshments will be served.

No planting experience is necessary, the ReLeaf spokesman noted.