RiverLink would like to thank the Lighthouse Learning Coop and its 12 preschoolers ages 3-5 for helping plant 20 Hazel Alder trees along the Hominy Creek Greenway. It was a chilly December morning in Asheville, but the kids were not fazed by that, runny noses and all they were excited to be outside. Each little boy or girl grabbed a 1 gallon pot as if it was the biggest thing they had ever attempted to lift and they headed down the greenway.
After the plantings were complete we gave each tree a big drink of water to help it grow into its new home. What these new saplings really needed to get rooted before Old Man Winter’s grip gets a hold of them is a serenade; luckily we had 12 preschoolers that just learned a new song and they were ready to sing. Each tree that we planted received a special song that would help it through the cold winter months, and once we were done the kids gathered around and all ‘harmonized’ together one last song before we would have to leave our newly planted trees.
Planting native trees and shrubs along the greenway is an important step in our ongoing battle to eradicate invasive species. The children planted their Alder trees in a location that was recently cleared of invasive Japanese Knotweed and Multiflora Rose. Clearing invasive plants and planting native trees and shrubs is a big part of our Comprehensive Creek Care program at RiverLink. If you have a group that would like to get involved and volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Adam at 828-252-8474 ext 17.