2016 Report for Lower State - High School In The Community

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type of Site:

Streetscape

Address:

Crown Street and State Street, New Haven, CT

Year

2016

Number of volunteers

12

Total volunteer hours

47

Number of events

4

Number of trees planted

0

Number of shrubs planted

5

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Five 'Knockout' rose bushes planted in three small perennial beds

Number of perennials planted

13

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9 cat mint planted in three small perennial beds, 4 Hakonechloa planted in shaded perennial bed as replacement plantings

Yards compost spread

0.50

Yards mulch spread

1.50

Other Infrastructure or Materials

Category:

Woodchips

Quantity:

3.00

Details:

Woodchips were spread throughout one half of the raised bed in which the Zelkova trees stand

Category:

Topsoil

Quantity:

1.00

Details:

Chris provided this topsoil from his trailer. I am unsure of the source/where it was purchased, if applicable.

Summary

The Lower State group is a partnership between The Grove (a non-profit located downtown) and students at High School in the Community. The group completed its second summer of work at the median on State Street between Crown and Chapel. In 2015, Grove employees and students identified this area as needing restoration and stewardship care because New Haven residents often travel across the median as they commute between downtown and the train station. This year, the group focused on maintaining two perennial beds – shade-loving plants under the Zelkova tree grove and rose bushes at the sunny end of the median – and adding more perennials to the space. By partnering with the Town Green Ambassadors, the group was able to water all the perennials during the hot summer months. During the final two weeks of the season, they invested in the long-term vitality of the Zelkova grove as a park space by removing the landscape fabric from around the trees and replacing this cover with woodchips.