Swiss Hall (719 Lynn St.)
We are so very excited to have Schnitzelburg chosen as the neighborhood to receive 150 trees this Fall through Louisville Grows/Love Louisville Trees! Not only are trees aesthetically appealing, but they keep us cool (and block wind in the cooler months), stabilize the soil, absorb water runoff, help control noise pollution, and clean our air! Trees can also increase your property value!
Schnitzelburg is the 6th neighborhood to receive trees through Love Louisville Trees (others include German-Paristown, Shawnee, and Shelby Park), and the organization will be planting their 1,000th tree in Schnitzelburg on Saturday!
Volunteers have been canvassing the neighborhood for the past couple of months looking for homeowners who would like a free tree for their front yard or easement (backyards are considered, mostly for large, canopy trees). If you haven't received a knock on your door, you may have received a door hanger.
Whether or not you are a resident of Schnitzelburg, or you are receiving a tree, we invite you to volunteer with us on Saturday. While it may sound like a pretty laborious task planting 150 trees, it is actually really fun work!
Wondering how it's all done? After breakfast, volunteers are sorted into groups. Each group does an initial planting together at a site to learn the proper way to plant before they are broken into smaller groups. Each small group is lead by a Citizen Forrester, an individual who is a veteran tree planter and has completed training to become tree steward. Groups are typically given trees in close proximity to each other so you can walk from site to site. Trees will already be delivered to the site and a spray painted circle identifies where the tree will go (811 is called before the planting to mark the underground utilities). Once the group is finished planting (~5 trees per group) they go back to the staging site to have a warm lunch!
If you are interested in volunteering, please email Valerie Magnuson at firstname.lastname@example.org!
From The Schnitzelburg Tree Planting Facebook event page:
Join us for our 7th Neighborhood Planting Event!! We'll be planting 150 trees in the Schnitzelburg/Merriwether neighborhood and need 150 volunteers to help us.
10:00-10:15 Volunteers arrive for check-in and Heine Brothers Coffee and bagels.
10:15-10:30 Following a brief orientation, volunteers and Citizen Foresters head out to their planting zones.
10:30-1:00 Tree planting demo and zone planting
1:00 All return to the staging site for lunch!
All our volunteers can expect certain things from their experience with Louisville Grows, in return, Louisville Grows has certain expectations for every volunteer.
Our volunteers have the right to:
- Be provided with an introduction to Louisville Grows
- Be treated as an individual whose time and talent is valuable to the organization
- Receive training for their tasks and an explanation of how this work relates to the larger mission of Louisville Grows
- Be provided with a safe working environment
Our volunteers have the responsibility to:
- Be sincere in their offer of service to Louisville Grows
- Carry out their work reliably and to the best of their ability
- Accept the guidance and decisions of LG staff and/or Citizen Foresters
- Ask for help when needed
We recommend that you dress in layers. Waterproof outerwear is ideal. Of course, you'll be digging in dirt and handling mulch, so please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. We'll provide adult-sized gloves, and we recommend wearing sturdy shoes.
Curious about who Love Louisville Trees is and what they do? They sum it up pretty nicely on their website: