Crabapple Tree Vandalized

Vandals attempted to chop down a 6 year old crabapple tree on the median at Washington Avenue and Lewis Street. The tree was damaged beyond repair. It was hacked through almost halfway.   It appeared that the vandals were interrupted in the task.  There was an axe left at the scene which was discovered by Carl and Anne Little of Tree Fredericksburg on Saturday morning at 10 am.

A large Willow Oak tree was felled by an axe last week during the evening of August 26th.  It was reported to the police in the morning by neighbors on Wednesday, August 27th. The value of the Willow Oak tree was in excess of $1000, which makes the vandalism a felony.

Tree Fredericksburg is offering a reward of $1000 for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators. Any information should be reported to the Fredericksburg Police Department at 540 373-3122.

Damaged crabapple tree

Damaged crabapple tree

Axe found at crime scene

Axe found at crime scene

Thank You University of Mary Washington Students!

Over 100 students from the University of Mary Washington worked with Tree Fredericksburg, the Department of Public Works, and the Parks Department to mulch the Heritage Trail trailhead and down the trail between Princess Anne and Caroline Streets. Thanks to the first-year students at the University, we were able to do this project in one day. 

“I love that the City is able to partner with the University on projects like this and help bring the students into our community.” – Anne Little

 

80 Free Trees Available

Tree Fredericksburg has received a grant funded by CSX Railroad Corporation and The Alliance for Community Trees.  We have been given funding to give away 80 free trees (15 gallon trees – retail value $100) in the City of Fredericksburg this fall.

Rules

  • The tree must be planted inside the City (zip 22401) anyplace in your front or back yard.
  • One tree per residence.
  • The recipient must attend a 10-minute tutorial on Saturday afternoon October 11th on the proper planting of trees.
  • The tree must be mulched as per the tree mulch standards of the City of Fredericksburg (standards available here and here).
  • The tree must be watered weekly the first summer after it is planted. (Tree watering bags can be rented for $20 a season and when the bag is returned in good condition, the $20 fee will be refunded.)

Application

Please either fill out the application (.pdf | .doc). You can either mail it back or send it by email. Please act quickly - there are only 80 trees.

We are doing this on a first come basis with special consideration for those who have helped us plant trees or have given us financial support over the last few years

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Arbor Day Tree Planting

Thursday, May 1st at 4:30pm 

On Thursday, May 1st at 4:30pm, Tree Fredericksburg and the Boys and Girls Club will be planting trees at Old Walker Grant in honor of Arbor Day.

Old Walker Grant

Volunteers will plant 14 willow oaks around the playground and the building. The tree planting should only take about 30-45 minutes. Tree Fredericksburg is looking for at least twelve adults to help plant trees with the children. If you were involved with the Boys and Girls Club when you were young, then this would be an excellent opportunity to plant the trees and talk to the children about your experience.

Please RSVP to treefred@cox.net if you are able to volunteer.

New Spring Tree Plantings!

Saturday, April 26th  9-noon  

Meet at the corner of Caroline Street and Germania Street (right across from the entrance to  Old Mill Park) 2410 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.  Check out the Facebook event here.

Friends of the Rappahannock will  be having an event at Old Mill Park that day as well so parking may be tight.  There is plenty of parking along the street and also in the George Washington Office building Parking lot on Princess Anne Street.

What to expect:

The holes are pre-dug so the work is not too difficult.  The planting on the 5th will be a little more work because the trees are bigger.   We plant rain or shine unless it is a thunder storm.

What to bring:

We supply all the tools and equipment. Bring work gloves if you have them, otherwise we supply them.  Please wear closed toed shoes.

If you bring children, be prepared to work one on one with them for their safety.  We are planting along the streets and safety is our main concern.

RSVP

Reply to treefred@cox.net if you are able to volunteer.  We will send out a reminder and further instructions closer to the date of the planting.  We hope to see you all come and plant with us.