Arbor Day in Bandon
April 29, 2014 by solarbeez
April 25, 2014… is declared Arbor Day in Bandon, Oregon. These volunteers are donating their time to remove ivy from the alder and ash trees. Organizer Michelle Hampton (left center) knows that honeybees and other pollinators get nourishment from ivy, but it’s choking the trees and must be removed. Since my bees might be affected she has revealed to me a place where I might find an old colony of bees to capture a swarm from. More on that later.
April 25, 2014…Nick Morris, Stewardship Forester with Oregon Department of Forestry, presents the Five Year Service Award for participation in the Tree City USA Program to the City of Bandon.
It was good to see some kids helping out especially on a day off from school.
Tom works on a tree being choked by ivy.
Tristan explains ivy removal.
Harv peels off a big section of ivy.
On a personal note, until I arrived at the gathering place set up to pull ivy off the trees, I didn’t even know about Arbor Day. Deadlines have always kept me in the print shop. Now that my largest account (an account that I have had for over 25 years) has gone paperless, I have more time. When I saw the article in the local newspaper asking for volunteers, I volunteered, not having done any community volunteer work for over 30 years, I thought maybe it was time. I knew that Lucy at Alder and Ash would approve. I caught the excitement of Following a Tree from Lucy and community volunteerism from Emily Heath. They are both from Great Britain. Hmmm, I wonder if they know anything about English Ivy?