A grove of nine trees — tupelo, pin oak and swamp white oak — were planted at the Autumn Ridge trailhead of the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) on Nov. 14. Partnering with the trail in the project were the Norwalk River Watershed Association (NRWA) and Pollinator Pathway project.

Louise Washer, president of the watershed association said the group is hopeful “shade from the new trees will help in the fight to eradicate the invasive Japanese knotweed growing around the trailhead.”  

Liz Craig, with the Pollinator Pathway project, said the trees will also “provide food and shelter for birds, bees and butterflies. Oak trees support over 530 types of butterflies and moths and are a key component of any pollinator garden.”

The trees were paid for with private donations, according to Charlie Taney, executive director of the trail. “The generosity of the community is really something. In just two days, our donors stepped up and provided the funds to buy and plant this new tree grove. Pretty impressive.”

Information: nrvt-trail.com.