Last year GROW hosted the largest Weed Wrangle event in the city of Nashville, with over 75 volunteers and an equal number of sheep & goats! This year we are looking to double that number and hope you will be a part of it with us!
The Weed Wrangle is an event organized by the TN Invasive Plant Council with the goal of mobilizing the general public to assist in the removal of invasive non-native plants from our landscapes. Cities all across TN host events simultaneously in early spring each year, adding up to thousands of volunteers mobilized!
At GROW, we are the stewards of the land we use for our project site. It totals about 14 acres and includes two separate wooded areas, both of which are severely affected by invasive non-native plants. The larger of these two areas, which we call "the lower forest," sits in between the Two Rivers Dog Park and our main roadway. It houses beautiful natural springs, is home to an abundance of urban wildlife, and has strong historical ties to the Two Rivers Mansion. Sadly, it's so badly overrun with invasive plants that most of the large hardwood trees are already gone or dying. As a community, we must act with urgency to save this urban forest area! Together we can mobilize volunteers to get the invasive plants out at a rapid pace so that we can begin the task of reforestation. GROW has set a goal to plant 1,000 seedling trees into the forest area each year for the next five years. The removal of invasive plants will be a major key to the success of these new trees!
So, what are you waiting for?! Tell everyone you know to come join you at the 2018 Weed Wrangle to save the Two Rivers forest!