Report of Mary Scott Nature Park workday December 5, 2020

On a cool, sunny December afternoon, 10 friends and Friends of Mary Scott Nature Park worked at the park. We observed CDC recommendations to wear masks and practice social distancing. We improved the park in several areas by

-Pulling ivy off trees;
-Pulling nonnative trees, shrubs, perennials, bamboo, and vines from the soil and bagging them for removal from the park to prevent rerooting;
-Digging and removing garbage left by former occupants of the property;
-Building a garden area along the latest set of steps to the creek with stepping stones between the two sets of steps;
-Began repainting Little Free Library;
-Removing debris from the main walking loop;
-Grooming of the garden area adjacent to the Shallowford Presbyterian Church fence.

We found a young Southern sugar maple, which still had its beautiful autumn coloring. The fruit of the Hawthorn tree was gone; I’m hoping that some birds were well nourished.

The next scheduled workday will be Saturday, January 2, 2021, 2-4pm, when we plan to continue removing nonnative plants. Please bring your gardening gloves, soil knife/trowel, and kneeler to help.

The annual meeting of Friends of Mary Scott Park will be at one pm on 1/2/2021. Please bring a chair since we will meet outside socially distanced with our faces masked. If it is colder than 40 degrees F., we’ll meet a week later.


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