Planting trees is important, even during a pandemic. We had originally scheduled the giveaway for April but it had to be postponed. The Delran Green Team will be picking up seedlings on May 26 from the NJ DEP Division of Parks and Forestry as part of the NJ Tree Recovery Program. We will be handing seedlings out on Thursday May 28 at Conrow Park between the hours of 5pm and 7pm.
In order to keep people safe and follow state guidelines, we will ask that you drive up to the entrance of Conrow Park from Haines Mill Road to accept these seedlings through your car window. We’ll be wearing our masks, and request that you do, as well! Thank you!
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Looking forward to seeing everyone!
NOTE: We will be giving out bare root seedlings ranging in size from 6 to 24 inches (depending on species). NJDEP selects seedlings appropriate to the region of the state. Residents can plant these seedlings in their yard. We will post information about each species on our website so you know where to plant. Share a photo of your seedling from last spring on our Facebook page if it survived the winter.
We hope that you will participate in our first Toy and Halloween Costume SWAP. The idea is to donate gently used toys and costumes and attend the SWAP and go home with something new. We want the kids to learn that it’s a great way to reduce what goes into our landfills and our recycling centers. Most things still have a lot of life left but the child has out grown the toys. We’ve scheduled several drop off times but if none work for you, send an email to Delran.firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work something out.
Thank you to all that came out to pick up tree seedlings. This was a tough winter and we need to start replanting new trees. We had Kousa Dogwood also know as Japanese Dogwood (it’s in the photo), Bald Cypress, Red Maples and a new hybrid Loblolly Pitch Pine. We handed out planting directions but go to Arbor Day to see what these trees should look like when fully grown.
We love working with our Sustainability Leaders and students at Delran Township Public Schools and Councilman Tyler Burrell. On April 6, 2018 students at Millbridge School, Delran Intermediate School, Delran Middle School and Delran High School participated in a community clean-up. They collected 83 bags of trash and 16 bags of recyclables. Before starting out the students received a safety orientation. Many of the students are active in their school’s Green Team. They are our future. Here’s a link for the full story.
The Delran Green Team has developed a Community Forestry Plan for Delran Township with funding provided by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. At the April 3 public meeting, we are hoping that Council passes a resolution so that the Plan can be submitted to the State. Having an adopted Plan allows Delran to apply for grant funding to removal storm damaged trees and plant new trees. Our first action, will be creating an inventory at each of our parks and playgrounds. If you are interested, send an email and we’ll let you know when we get started.
Join the Silvia and Delran Green Team at Conrow Park on Sunday August 20 to learn how to attract butterflies to your garden. Kids you’ll get to make and take a butterfly home with you. We’ll be at the picnic tables at 3pm. Maybe Silvia will have a chrysalis ready to hatch and set free.
Wondering what to do with those grass clippings? What to do something positive for the environment? Join the Delran Green Team and learn to compost. On Sunday June 25 at 2pm at Conrow Road Park, Al Carp will demonstrate how to make a compost bin, what to compost and how to use your compost. The program is free. Bring the kids along and they’ll enjoy making and eating edible compost. We’ll have a few already made compost bins available for $8. If you’d like additional information, please send us an email.Sun
The Delran Green Team is sponsoring a Rain Barrel Workshop on May 21 at Conrow Park from 1pm to 4pm. Join us and learn how to build your very own rain barrel. Amy Loesser, our watershed ambassador will show us how to build and maintain our rain barrels. To reserve your rain barrel, please email Rochelle. We request that you bring $25 (cash) and we will bring all the materials. At the end of the day, you’ll leave with a fully functioning rain barrel. You can bring the kids and we will keep them busy with kid-friendly activities. If inclement weather, the workshop will be held in the Municipal Garage on Chester Avenue.
Rain Barrels over Delran is a water conservation project being conducted by a local girl scout as part of her Silver Award.
The Delran Green Team applied to Sustainable Jersey for a $2,000 grant. We plan to use the grant funds to create a Community Garden. We’re looking for interested gardeners to rent our planned 20 lots and volunteers to help construct the garden. Send an email if you’re interested in helping out with this project.
Do your part this holiday season by recycling. Recycle wrapping paper, cardboard packaging and your live christmas trees. If you’re not sure if you can recycle it, download the Recycle Coach app. The recycling schedule will not be affected by the holidays.