City Fruit, a Seattle nonprofit, and Seattle Parks and Recreation are pleased to announce that Barbara Burrill was selected as a finalist for the Alliance for Community Trees 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award. The award highlights inspirational volunteers in action who have made a contribution to urban forestry by improving community trees and the neighborhoods where they live.
“Volunteers are the heart of local tree nonprofits, providing the resources and energy that make tree planting and care possible,” says Carrie Gallagher, ACTrees Executive Director. “Barb Burrill models the ideals of stewardship, giving, professionalism and leadership.”
As the lead steward for the Burke-Gilman Trail orchard, Burrill leads monthly work parties with a small group of stewards to remove invasive plants, spread wood chips, prune, and eventually harvest fruit produced by 22 fruit trees. In 2012 the group harvested more than 500 pounds of apples.
“This grassroots stewardship means that hundreds of joggers, cyclists and strollers who move along the Trail every day can now enjoy open spaces and productive fruit trees,” noted Gail Savina, director of City Fruit.
About City Fruit and Seattle Parks and Recreation Orchard Steward Partnership
In 2010, with support from the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Seattle Parks and Recreation teamed up with City Fruit, a local nonprofit, to train community volunteers to care for fruit trees in five Seattle parks. The program added three more parks in 2011. Today, more than 40 stewards work to care for fruit trees in eight Seattle parks under the Orchard Steward Program.
About Alliance for Community Trees
Founded 20 years ago, Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. ACTrees’ 200 member and partner organizations in 44 states and Canada have planted and cared for more than 15 million trees with help from over 5 million volunteers. Learn more at www.ACTrees.org.