Baton Rouge Green partnered with Habitat for Humanity to plant trees at newly constructed homes in this subdivision off of Burbank Drive. BRG was able to accommodate the wishes of the homeowners for specific trees such as oaks, magnolias, and fruit trees. BRG led the tree planting while dozens of volunteers installed flowerbeds, shrubs and laid sod. Often Habitat’s landscaping resources are quite limited; BRG provided 12 trees, mulch and shrubs as well as technical assistance for the landscaping project. Landscaping is vitally important to make a house begin to look and feel like a home; getting homeowners involved in fostering their immediate environment instills pride in homeownership that may carry over into the maintenance of their actual house. Twenty-five volunteers from the community as well as Habitat homeowners were trained on proper planting and maintenance methods.
In August of 2010, Baton Rouge Green began attending community meetings of the South Civic Group at the Leo S. Butler Community Center. BRG found enthusiastic community activists from throughout Old South Baton Rouge and was challenged to select a concentrated area for planting from among the many possible sites. BRG coordinated with the Baranco-Clark YMCA, creating a planting plan for their newly installed playground area while arranging to use their site the staging area for the project. The YMCA received flowering, evergreen and fruit trees for its outdoor area—to be complimented by the installation of a community garden by other community organizations. BRG recruited 37 members of the LSU Black Student Union to plant the 35 total trees. The LSU students were trained on proper planting and mulching methods and then were shuttled throughout the immediate neighborhood to plant the remaining trees. Several residents on Peach Street received fruiting and flowering trees, a community garden received fruit trees, and a church and Head Start center were also planted. BRG worked with the Center for Planning Excellence and the South Garden Project to identify some of the planting locations.
Baton Rouge Green has long wanted to beautify the active corridor of Bawell Drive. BRG worked with Councilman Bourgeois’s office to find neighborhood contacts in the Valley Park community that helped plan a community meeting at the local Nairn Drive BREC Park. BRG also recruited participants by posting flyers on dozens of doors with community volunteers and inviting residents through a local church meeting. Twelve homeowners were recruited, and BRG planted 15 trees in their yards as well as in a large flowerbed that was built to beautify the Valley Park community sign at Bawell and Delta Streets. Twenty volunteers participated, including a dozen youths from the ‘Teens as Leaders’ program. BRG started the event with a lesson on proper planting techniques and then some neighborhood volunteers shared information on the rich history of the community with everyone before the trees were planted.
With help from Ronnie Edwards, Metro Councilwoman-elect of District 5 and executive director of Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation (UREC), the final NeighborWoods planting of 2008 in Hooper Ridge subdivision took place on December 13th. There were very few trees in this newer neighborhood of affordable homes, Baton Rouge Green volunteers and the neighborhood residents planted over 50 making an immediate and positive aesthetic and environmental impact on the area.
An empty lot at the neighborhood’s entrance was richly planted with a diverse selection of trees; this space will be a park-like place for residents to gather and recreate.
Baton Rouge Green assisted Melrose East neighbors and businesses with a community greening project, helping guide dozens of volunteers in the planting of about 75 trees throughout 2005. The BR Green team worked with the Melrose East Community Development Corp and volunteers with The Home Depot Foundation to plant trees along previously bare areas of Harry Drive, Lobdell Avenue, Titian Avenue, and North Donmoor Avenue.