For the fifth consecutive year, City of Lexington has been awarded funding from the Virginia Trees for Clean Water to purchase and plant trees. This year the City was awarded $1,000 from the 50/50 matching program.
The City will use the grant money to add several trees to the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery and to the Entrance Bed at the north side of the City. In the fall, the City will install a sustainable native buffer of trees at the border of Woods Creek Trail and the far end of the playing field at Waddell Elementary School. According to City Arborist Jennifer Hughes, this will soften the border between the playing field and the trail and further minimize the need to mow, all while supplementing the existing vegetative buffer at the stream's edge that slows stormwater runoff into Sarah's Run and Woods Creek. This goes hand in hand with the biofilter in Woods Creek Park, which was renovated in 2017. The project was in part made possible through partnering with North Creek Nursery to design the plant matrix needed to vegetate the floor of the biofilter.
Funded by the U.S. Forest Service Chesapeake Watershed Forestry Program, this grant is designed to improve water quality across the Commonwealth by planting trees with a focus on impaired waterways. Potential projects funded under this program include tree planting activities of all types such as riparian buffers, turf to trees projects, and neighborhood tree plantings. This grant is not only for municipalities but is available to residents looking to supplement their landscape as well.
The City's partners for the current grant cycle are the Virginia Department of Forestry and Shreckhise Nursery in Grottoes.
This year's funding is smaller than in past years; the 2017 award totaled at $2,150.