Environment

The Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards,
made up of nature lovers who focus on the identification, planting, and preservation
of trees in the area, are beginning their
yearly training class on Tuesday, February
19. The group participates in local outdoor projects and is currently reaching out to homeowners with funds and tips for planting new backyard trees. (Photo: Rosemary Connelly)

Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards spread community awareness

Self-proclaimed tree hugger Martha Orton said she’s had an interest in learning about trees and forest health since her son told her, while on a reforestation trip to India, that “trees all look different when you know their names.” A retired social worker, Orton enrolled in the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards’ 14-week training class in […]

Students nibble carrots at the Buford City Schoolyard Garden, one of two Charlottesville community gardens recognized by the Piedmont Environmental Council following a yearlong contest. Photo courtesy of PEC.

Row by row: City community gardens get kudos

When the Piedmont Environmental Council kicked off a contest to seek out and recognize the best community gardens in central Virginia last spring, its members weren’t quite sure what to expect. By year’s end, they were holding 22 applications: big plots, small plots, old ones, new ones. The diversity and strong showing, especially from Charlottesville […]