Land Trust set for new events

The cold spell is no deterrent for the Greenwich Land Trust, which has plenty of exciting outdoor events planned in the upcoming weeks.

On Thursday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Land Trust is holding its monthly volunteer work day. Stewardship staff and volunteers will be working on apple orchard maintenance and storm damage clean-up at the picturesque Agnew property. Volunteers of all experience levels are welcome.

For more details and to sign up, contact Matt Spinner at [email protected]

Then on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m., stewardship staff will be leading a sugar maple winter walk through one of the Land Trust’s forest preserves, Duck Pond Hill.

As part of this event, participants can learn how wildlife survives during the winter and how to identify trees without their leaves. The afternoon will also include a maple tapping and syrup boiling demonstration.

The walk is open to all ages, and will be moderate difficulty with minimal uneven terrain. The event is free for children under 12, but there is a materials fee of $5 for adults. Refreshments will be served.

On Thursday, March 27, the Land Trust, in partnership with the Garden Education Center, will be hosting a workshop on fruit tree grafting techniques. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Charles Day, a former commercial fruit-grower, will discuss the collection and storage of scion wood, rootstocks and their function, different types of grafts, and the art of tying and waxing.

Participants will have the opportunity to hone their grafting skills on real trees on one of the Greenwich Land Trust’s beautiful orchard preserves. For more information, visit Gecgreenwich.org

In addition, the Greenwich Land Trust accepts donations of new and used equipment year round. All donations are eligible for in-kind tax deduction. The land trust is currently seeking the following: Riding or pushmower for maintaining property roadsides; hand tools (e.g. shovels, rakes, pruning sheers) for volunteer work groups; small boat for access to coastal properties and Shell Island.

To make a donation, contact Mr. Spinner at [email protected]

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