The Community Winter Holiday Grove Project
An Invitation to the South Sound Community
Thurston County residents are hosting a living, native tree over the winter holidays. In the New Year, we will all gather in celebration to plant the trees at Green Cove Creek Preserve, a watershed that Capitol Land Trust is working to conserve and restore. The planting site will be named the Community Winter Holiday Grove.
You can pick up your tree on the weekend of December 15-16. If you purchased a tree, but haven't received an email on pick up location and times, please contact Rhys Roth
The Grove represents a living message from today’s inhabitants of the local community to those who will live here one hundred years from planting:
We love this place we call home and hope that you have the same opportunities we do to enjoy the incredible beauty and diverse wildlife that surrounds us. This special Grove is a symbol of our pledge to support healthy, living watersheds and a sustainable environment that will thrive for many generations to come.
- Host a living tree to celebrate the holidays, whatever holiday tradition you and your family celebrates this time of year.
- Participate in a Grove-planting work party and celebration in the New Year. (The planting celebration will be on a Saturday in January or February, depending on weather, for about two hours, to prepare the site and plant the trees). We encourage you to write something special from your holiday celebration -- intentions for the New Year, things learned, or favorite highlights – on a thin, biodegradable piece of paper to place beneath the roots of the tree you plant.
- You can pick up your tree on the weekend of December 15-16. If you purchased a tree, but haven't received an email on pick up location and times, please contact Rhys Roth . We will provide a tip sheet for proper care of your holiday tree during its stay in your home.
On set days in the future, you will be able to pay your tree a visit, and you will be invited to join work parties to maintain and further the restoration project that the Grove is a part of.
In the coming 100 years the Grove will contribute to clean water and air, healthy fish and wildlife, and biocarbon solutions to climate change. We estimate your tree will absorb about nine tons of carbon dioxide pollution from the atmosphere in that time, a small, but inspiring, declaration of respect for our community’s future citizens.
Our hope is the local community will reconvene at the Grove to celebrate the New Year in 2113, and to remember that these trees were planted with the future of the community in mind.
Tell your friends about the Community Winter Holiday Grove project, and see who else is participating on our Facebook event page
The Community Winter Holiday Grove is a join project of:
- Climate Solutions’ Northwest Biocarbon Initiative: Demonstrating the essential role that natural systems can play in reducing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere to ensure long-term climate stability.
- Capitol Land Trust: Furthering collaborative and strategic conservation of southwest Washington’s essential natural areas and working lands.