Tree Planting Project
We need trees! Throughout our neighborhood’s parkways, many trees are being lost to Emerald Ash borer, wind and weather, sewer, water and gas repairs, as well as old age, and we must replace them. Thankfully our neighborhood is up to the the challenge of planting new trees. Everyone has a role to play, individual homeowners can request a tree for their parkway from the City of Chicago, but the wait is usually years not months. To fill this gap, we are taking collective action with our multi-year Tree Planting Project.
2019 Ravenswood Manor Parkway Tree Planting!
Planting Day 2019 • Saturday October 12th • Meet at 9:00am in Manor Park!!
We have the opportunity to once again spruce up our tree canopy as we partner with the Openlands Tree Grant Program. We hope to replace some of the older trees that have been lost to storms, age, or insect damage, and also add trees to open parkways. Through this program, we have planted more than 70 trees in recent years.
We need neighborhood residents to help identify potential planting locations, and to co-sponsor the tree planting.
If you would like a tree planted in your parkway this coming Fall, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After application to Openlands for the grant, and if we are accepted, the community tree planting will be on a Saturday in September or October. We will need everyone to come out to help dig, move mulch and plant our trees.
What You Need to Know • Note, all tree opportunities for 2019 are taken
1. Contact us at email@example.com soon, but BEFORE July 15, 2019.
2. Cost is $100. This includes the delivery of the tree along with the Openlands team supervising the installation. If you are over 65, please contact us. RMIA will help with part of the cost.
3. Agree to be home on the day of planting, if at all possible. If you cannot be home, the planting team will need access to water.
4. We need 20 trees to be eligible for Openlands to manage and oversee this project. Please consider joining us for this planting!
5. The planting will take place on a Saturday during the months of September or October. Once our project is chosen and approved by Openlands, we will receive our planting date.
More information about Planting Day with Openlands and TreeKeepers, go to Openlands Planting Day page with FAQ.
Tree care recommendations from Openlands for those homeowners that receive a tree on their parkway. See their Taking care of trees page.
Past Planting Days
Thank you to everyone who has helped replace our lost trees and beautify our community. The Tree Planting Project succeeds through the efforts of so many, including:
- Partners with Openlands and Tree Keepers volunteers
- Anne Rozmin, Lorin Liberson and Linda Kagan – past project leads
- Ravenswood Manor homeowners who pay for a care for trees on their parkways
- Residents who volunteer their time to dig, plant and mulch the new trees
- Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association, Manor Garden Club, Horner Park Advisory Council, and
- 33rd Ward Alderman Mell and City of Chicago Bureau of Forestry
Spring 2019 planting, 6 trees at the south end of Manor Park along the alley by Horner Park Advisory Council and Openlands.
Fall 2017 planting day was Saturday, September 23. 21 trees planted. RMIA contributed $600 to assist homeowners.
Fall 2015 planting day was Saturday, October 10th. 20 trees planted. RMIA contributed $1000 to assist homeowners.
Fall 2014 planting day was Saturday, November 15th. 14 trees planted. RMIA contributed $700 to assist homeowners.
Fall 2013 planting day was Saturday, November 9th. 16 trees planted. RMIA contributed $800 to assist homeowners