October 25th, American Chestnut Tree Chapters to Visit Springside Park

Thanks to the hard work of The American Chestnut Tree Foundation and local volunteers, this past spring approximately 1,000 American Chestnut Tree seeds were planted in a seed orchard in Springside Park. As a result of their effort, the disease resistant American Chestnut Trees are now flourishing in the orchard. In the spring of 2015, the seeds from the Chestnut Trees planted in 2014 will be used to plant more trees in the same orchard.

RSVP and local residents have been volunteering their time to maintain the orchard. Their work has added up to a savings of $110,000.

On Saturday, October 25th, the Rhode Island/ Massachusetts chapter of the American Chestnut Tree Foundation will meet at Springside Park to view the orchard and congratulate the volunteers on their hard work. The public is invited to join the RI/MA chapter on congratulating the volunteers and viewing the orchard.

To visit the orchard, walk North East from the old Zoo area.  White protective collars around each plant can be easily seen.