Enota Park Volunteer Day with Trees Atlanta

Trees Atlanta has done a lot in Enota Park so far in the early stages of its development as the largest public park in our community. In recent months, they have cleared a few very overgrown acres and planted more than 200 trees! Now, they’re inviting us to help! This is the message from Trees Atlanta:

Help us improve Enota Park by removing evergreen invasive plant species within the park, plus help us stabilize the hillside with a large quantity of grass seed.

-It is important to arrive on time so each volunteer sees our demonstration (it takes 10 minutes). We also want all volunteers to stay for the entire project.
-Wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt, closed-toed shoes or boots (waterproof is best), and clothes that can get dirty.
-Bring drinking water in a reusable container. It is important to stay hydrated. No one-time-use plastic bottles, please.
-Forest Restoration is hard work, so eat a good breakfast and come prepared to work hard.
-Projects happen rain or shine, so please check the weather beforehand and come prepared.
-Trees Atlanta will provide all necessary tools and instruction, though volunteers may prefer to bring their own work gloves.

Louie Lewis will be coordinating for Trees Atlanta. He can be reached at 678.588.9863.

Enota Park – near Beltline and I-20, parking available at Fulton County Training Facility, 425 Langhorn St. SW

Enota Park Goats

Enota Park Goats Meet & Greet

As the goats were eating their way through underbrush and overgrowth in the future Enota Park expansion land, neighbors and visitors were invited to come meet the goats, including 2-week old kid’s.

Enota Park Goats

Goats in Enota Park

The Atlanta BeltLine has made the following announcement regarding Enota Park:

Future Enota Park – Invasive Plant Species Removal

Trees Atlanta has teamed up with Get Your Goat, a local company providing shepherd and goat grazing services, to help clear invasive ivy in the future Enota Park. Located between the current Enota Place Playlot and under-construction Westside Trail, the wooded area is currently covered with ivy and kudzu. The goats will be focused on a small area within the future park and are expected to consume that ivy within two weeks. Work is expected to take place over two weeks beginning on January 23, 2017.

Trees Atlanta will host a Greet the Goats event on January 28, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. but neighbors and guests are welcome to visit the goats at any time during park hours (6 a.m. – 11 p.m.). The grazing area will be located adjacent to the playlot to the north and northeast. The goats will be enclosed in an electric pet fence. Signs on the fence will provide safety precautions for spectators. Get Your Goat recommends that dog walkers keep their pets on a leash around the protective fence for safety.

Additional Project Background

Since September 2016, Trees Atlanta and many community partners have been working on a major restoration of Enota Park, a 12-acre greenspace in Southwest Atlanta. Mature hardwood trees, which cover much of the site, are considered a significant asset to the park because they represent a historic grove in a part of the city where tree canopy is spotty. These trees also provide a much-needed buffer to the adjacent I-20 highway borders the park on the north. Unfortunately, invasive species have overtaken much of the area, including high concentrations of privet, kudzu and English ivy. Trees Atlanta is removing six acres of invasive species, replanting native species to temporarily stabilize slopes and streambanks prior to the full buildout of the park which is being completed by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Enota Park

Enota Park Clean-up

More good news on the park, greenery, and Atlanta BeltLine front – the future expanded Enota Park site will soon see movement. Trees Atlanta applied for, and received, a $46,800 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The 2-year project will tackle the removal of invasive species, such as ivy and kudzu, and include tree plantings along the I-20 slope to help control erosion and create a natural buffer from the highway.

NFWF press release:

Enota Park and Proctor Creek Restoration (GA)
Trees Atlanta, Inc.
Trees Atlanta and partners will remove six acres of invasive species and trash, replant native species to stabilize slopes and streambanks, and highlight the project through adult and youth
education programming. In addition, partners will redesign the portion of Proctor Creek that flows through the site and complete a full park design. Project will capitalize on the proximity
and timing of the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail (Enota Park Portion) project set for completion by the end of 2017. Partners include the Atlanta BeltLine, Park Pride, the City of Atlanta and
the Westview Community Organization.

Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum Walking Tour – Westside

Come learn about the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum on the Westside Trail on this FREE Walking Tour!

Join trained Trees Atlanta Docents for this 90 minute walk covering roughly 2 miles. Each stop along the way will highlight neighborhood history, nearby key features of the Atlanta BeltLine, and a strong focus on the horticultural collections of the Arboretum. Great fun for all ages. Come prepared to walk and to be outdoors for this fun educational experience.

Sheep at Enota Park

Sheep at Enota Park

2014 Kudzu Removal Program

Each year the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. teams up with Trees Atlanta to complete invasive plant removals around the Atlanta BeltLine Corridor and in future Atlanta BeltLine park land. Invasive plant removal is vital to creating and maintaining healthy urban forests in the City of Atlanta.

This year, Trees Atlanta has hired a herd of sheep to eat acres of kudzu growing in Atlanta’s greenspaces, and the herd will be working in Enota Park in Westview.

In order to keep all of the surrounding neighbors informed, Trees Atlanta has provided several sheep FAQs:

Q: Do the sheep stay onsite all night?
A: Yes. The sheep stay onsite 24 hours a day and will eat weeds even at night.

Q: Why are the dogs in with the sheep?
A: The dogs are guardian dogs and are there to protect the sheep from stray dogs, coyotes, and other threats. The guardian dog is not particularly friendly toward pet dogs, so please keep leashed dogs away from the fence.

Q: How often does the shepherd check on the herd?
A: The shepherd checks on the herd at least once a day to make sure that none have escaped, that there is adequate water and food, and to feed the dogs.

Q: How long will it take the sheep?
A: The sheep should be onsite for no more than a week at Enota Park and three to four weeks at Boulevard Crossing Park.

Q: What are the sheep eating?
A: On this particular site they are eating Japanese hops and kudzu.

Q: How do you keep the sheep in one place?
A: The white fencing is a temporary, moveable electric fence. It keeps the sheep on task and out of harm’s way.

Q: How quickly do the sheep eat invasives?
A: The general rule of thumb is that 30 sheep can consume 1 acre of invasives in 2 weeks, depending on the weather and the type of vegetation being eaten.

For any questions or in case of emergency please contact either:
Brian Williams
Trees Atlanta
O: 404-681-4901
M: 912-856-1600

Jennifer Chandler
Shady Brook Sheep
M: 706-248-3745

Invasive Plants
The United States Department of Agriculture defines an invasive species as non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

[Source: Atlanta BeltLine]

To see photos of the sheep at Enota Park view the photo gallery below or visit the Westview Facebook page.

Trees Atlanta Family Tree Planting Project

Trees Atlanta Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with its FIRST family tree planting project of the season.

The non-profit citizens’ group is launching its first Hispanic/Latino outreach effort Saturday, October 11th with its first family tree planting project in Westview’s Ontario Park.

Trees Atlanta invites you and your family to help plant over 50 trees from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Sign up: http://treesatlanta.org/event/family-tree-planting-projectwestview/

Tree Pruning 101

Pruning is one of the most misunderstood elements of tree care. Trees Atlanta will teach you to prune better than most landscapers out there. Sign up for our Westview Pruning 101 class for an introductory lesson on the best way to structure and train a tree’s growth. Once you become an expert pruner, you will cringe every time you see “crape murder.”

This class is required to volunteer to prune trees with Trees Atlanta and it’s a prerequisite for the 102 & 103 classes that will be taught later in the season.

Please meet up at 495 West Ontario Avenue at 9:00am.

Trees Atlanta & HouseProud

Altoona and Mathweson Tree Plantings

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013
Time: 8:45am
Location: Meet at KIPP STRIVE Academy, 1444 Lucile Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30310
Details: Trees Atlanta will be planting trees along Altoona Avenue and Mathewson Street on Saturday, November 23, 2013 starting at 8:45am. Please meet in front of KIPP STRIVE Academy.

Trees Atlanta & HouseProud

Trees Atlanta and HouseProud Work Day

Saturday, October 27th, 2012 was a busy day for the Westview community. Both Trees Atlanta and HouseProud were in the neighborhood doing work.

Trees Atlanta got big help thanks to the fourth grade class (and their parents) from the Westminster School. Trees were planted along the landscape strip on Stokes Avenue and additional trees were planted in the front yard of houses on East Ontario Avenue.

In the meanwhile HouseProud and its volunteers were busy painting a house next to the Stokes Avenue Pocket Park. The owner, Ms. Pippy, was ecstatic about the work and even picked up the brush to do a little work.

To view more photos of the Trees Atlanta and HouseProud work day please visit our Westview Facebook page.