As a result of several municipal ordinances that we must abide by at our new facility, we are required to plant a substantial amount of trees as part of the construction of our Spring Garden Campus. Believe it or not, at present we are tasked to plant a minimum of 176 trees of various types and sizes to supplement the trees already on our property for which unfortunately no significant credit can be taken.
Now I love green space and trees as much as the next person, but this substantial requirement for tree planting does seem a bit excessive! Nonetheless, it’s a requirement that we must fulfill, and it thereby provides a unique opportunity for our congregation to give back to our church, our community, and the environment as we enhance God’s creation that we are calling our Spring Garden Campus.
If you click on the following two drawings from our Land Development submission, the details of the types, quantities and locations of trees that we will be planting are depicted: 25 – LANDSCAPING PLAN 26 – LANDSCAPING PLAN You’ll see that trees are required to be planted to provide screening for existing neighboring residential properties, and are also required to landscape our driveway and parking areas. As a result, these obligations present us with two different timetables to plant trees; ie, we can plant the required screening trees at our discretion because they will be located in areas not subject to our upcoming construction, whereas the landscaping trees cannot be planted until the site grading and paving preparation is completed, and the parking lot raised landscape islands are created.
With those timetables in mind, and at the suggestion of our Landscape Architect based upon his work with other churches, the Building Committee proposes that our congregation take on the project of donating and planting trees ourselves to the glory of God and in honor of various persons and families, and/or in memory of those saints who have gone before us. Pastor Mira has agreed to begin planning for such a project so more details will follow in early 2018, but our preliminary thoughts are to offer three different opportunities for our congregation to purchase and plant trees together on specific family days at the SGC.
Arbor Day 2018 is April 27 which is a Friday. So that weekend of April 28 – 29, 2018 could be our first planting time for the screening plantings along our property lines as shown on the landscaping plans. Next, for those who like to purchase live Christmas trees, or wish to do so next Christmas with the intention of subsequently donating them, we could plant those live evergreens in late December 2018, also along our property lines to serve as screening, and at other locations around the campus not subject to ongoing building and paving construction at that time. Arbor Day 2019 is Friday April 26, so the weekend of April 27 – 28, 2019 should serve as our first opportunity to plant all kinds of trees defined on the plans in the landscape islands of our parking lot as well as along our driveway.
Please be advised that while we don’t intend to use plaques or other markings to signify trees planted in honor or memory of someone, we will keep records and as-built drawing locations of each tree that is planted so that the legacy of your gift can be maintained. Please prayerfully consider joining us in this endeavor, and look for more details this spring from Pastor Mira!