Clearing through the Brush
We are finally back on track in Audubon despite the pandemic. In June members of Audubon Plant People, a local gardening club, met at Murray-Troutt American Legion Post 262 to continue work on the patch of municipal property behind the ballfield on East Atlantic Avenue. Work on the patch had come to a halt mid-March with the onset of Covid-19 precautions and social limitations. Prior to March, members of the Audubon High School Environmental Club had met there to do major remediation twice before winter break then each month of 2020 until the pandemic hit. Since January local volunteers have removed 28 nuisance trees, cut away at least a cord of woody brush, removed 6 trash cans of accumulated rubbish, removed an old wire fence and its posts and removed half of the Japanese Knotweed that had encroached into the areas over the years. All of the above work has been done so far with hand tools.
A larger group of volunteers intend to return to the site in July to continue the work started this year and also take some measurements of the patch, scout out areas for paths, fencing, outdoor seating, raised planters, wild flowers gardens. Also, on the docket will be the preservation of unique native vegetation, installation of bird boxes, and the hopefully, careful removal of some marked medium-sized trees. We will keep pushing forward as long as we can do so safely. This will be such an amazing nook for our community!
We finally have an in-person meeting scheduled with our local churches/food banks in July to go over our strategic plans. We will have much more to report next time.
Our Recreation/Community Center construction is finally finished. We will begin to start thinking about additions to that site after our grand opening in September if all goes well.
About the Grantee
Our grantee organization has finally grown. We have acquired some additional volunteers over the pandemic. A group of local people created a Facebook page to talk about plants and gardens as this is what everyone seemed to be doing during the pandemic. It just so turns out that those people were looking to help. They are some local residents looking to help make a difference.