2009 Report for Watson And Bassett

Neighborhood:

Newhallville

Type of Site:

Vacant Lot

Address:

Watson and Bassett, New Haven, CT

Year

2009

Number of volunteers

6

Total volunteer hours

22

Number of events

7

Number of trees planted

1

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yellowwood

Number of shrubs planted

2

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spirea (little princess)

Yards mulch spread

2.00

Summary

WATSON AND BASSETThas been a Community Greenspace site since 1997, when the group formed to recover a vacant lot on the corner of Watson and Bassett streets in Newhallville. The group was large and active in these initial years when a great deal of work was done clearing garbage from the site, removing invasive species and planting shrubs and perennials around the perimeter of the lot. The planting group has also planted street trees along Watson and Bassett streets, and done some front yard work and lead remediation. This year, the site was beautifully maintained through the untiring efforts of Mr. Scott. Also, this summer the Farmington Canal Bike trail was finished up, which runs right along side the garden. The construction of the trail (with added help from Mr. Scott) included significant pruning of the oaks around the garden, letting in more light. The season ended with the planting of a flowering tree opposite the statue in the middle of the garden. This tree was dedicated by the New Haven Peace Commission.