The Delaware Center for Horticulture Certifies 26 Tree Stewards

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Congratulations to 26 new certified Tree Stewards

The Delaware Center for Horticulture’s first training class yields a bumper crop

The Delaware Center for Horticulture congratulates the 26 graduates of the first class of certified Tree Steward training. During the three-session series, students learned planting methods, pruning techniques, tree biology and identification, and species selection for urban spaces. They also learned important information about permits, grants, and how to lead a neighborhood tree project.

“Benefits were realized by all those attending, as well as the communities which they will eventually serve,” said Tree Steward program graduate Bill Baur. “TheDCH is to be commended for the contributions made toward the health and vitality of the communities and their residents.”

The diverse group of learners included experienced Master Gardeners to neighborhood activists, and represented urban and suburban comunities like Pike Creek, Westover Hills, Bear, Bethany Beach, Wilmington, and North Wilmington. Tree Stewards will now look to the future, focusing on tree needs in their communities, for a healthier urban forest. Equally diverse interests drew the participants: from pruning around street lighting to managing roots around sidewalks to mitigate concrete lifting, tree assessment and care, pruning older and younger trees, and organizing tree plantings. The trees planted and tended by Tree Stewards will count towards Plant One Million, a regional partnership to increase the tree canopy throughout the region.

Thanks to the robust response of the first class, TheDCH Tree Program hopes to offer the training again in Spring 2013.