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Note: If you have children or grandchildren, particularly those who are in elementary school or middle school or even if you know children that age, take a look at page 2 of the newsletter. Those children, and anyone else who is interested, are invited to participate in an AYUDH activity on December 5.
Each year, the Green Seattle Partnership sponsors a Green Seattle Day. On that day, work parties are held in parklands all over Seattle. Sarva and I decided to volunteer as team leaders at Cheasty Mt. View Park. Several other GreenFriends members and their friends joined us.
The number of people who registered for the work party amazed me. There were seven in our GreenFriends contingent, but 126 volunteers in the whole group.
One of the leaders encouraged the participants to plant from a place of gratitude. She suggested that the volunteers name their trees … and that they talk to the trees as they put them into the earth. As I wandered through our section, helping people with the planting, I heard many participants doing that.
After some of our GreenFriends group planted this tree, they decided to give it a kiss.
The 126 volunteers planted 800 trees, shrubs and ground covers during the first hour of the work party.
We spent the rest of the work party removing invasive blackberry and ivy vines. Again, it was phenomenal to witness how much can be accomplished in a short period of time.
We put vines we cut onto drying racks so that they don’t touch the ground and re-root. There were several drying racks in the area where we were working but they were soon full. Before long there were big piles of cuttings around the site.
Some of the volunteers built a new drying rack and then we moved the piles of cuttings to the new rack.
drying rack for invasive cuttings
loading the drying rack
Before long, the three-hour work party was over and we prepared to leave.
What a wonderful morning it had been. The work party was such a good example of the adage “Many hands make light work.”
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”-William Shakespeare