Seattle urban tree advocate honored for volunteer efforts with City Fruit and Seattle Parks and Recreation
City Fruit, a Seattle nonprofit, and Seattle Parks and Recreation are pleased to announce that Barbara Burrill was selected as a finalist for the Alliance for Community Trees 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award. The award highlights inspirational volunteers in action who have made a contribution to urban forestry by improving community trees and the neighborhoods where they live.
“Volunteers are the heart of local tree nonprofits, providing the resources and energy that make tree planting and care possible,” says Carrie Gallagher, ACTrees Executive Director. “Barb Burrill models the ideals of stewardship, giving, professionalism and leadership.”
As the lead steward for the Burke-Gilman Trail orchard, Burrill leads monthly work parties with a small group of stewards to remove invasive plants, spread wood chips, prune, and eventually harvest fruit produced by 22 fruit trees. In 2012 the group harvested more than 500 pounds of apples.
“This grassroots stewardship means that hundreds of joggers, cyclists and strollers who move along the Trail every day can now enjoy open spaces and productive fruit trees,” noted Gail Savina, director of City Fruit.
About City Fruit and Seattle Parks and Recreation Orchard Steward Partnership
About Alliance for Community Trees
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