Several new native bushes and trees were added to the Fitzgerald Property earlier this spring.
Parks Director Adam Parsons planted two gray dogwood shrubs, nine summersweet shrubs,
three bayberry shrubs, three blueberry bushes, one dogwood tree and three cedar trees in the field next to the community gardens.
Parsons has been working closely with the First Selectman’s Ad Hoc Committee on Best Organic/Outdoor Maintenance & Management Practices. The Committee’s first task was to recommend a management plan for the Fitzgerald Field in order to make the land as friendly as possible to pollinators and native flora and fauna.
The addition of “pioneer” native plants to the field advances the Committee’s recommendation to create a “transitional meadow to aid in attracting more birds and butterflies while enhancing the natural look of this area.”
The “transitional meadow” is between the community gardens and the woods.
“I’d like to thank the volunteer committee members – Chair Louisa Cunningham, Peter Cooper, Tom Kenefick, Chris LoScalzo, Judy Moore, Andy Stack – and Parks Director Adam Parsons for the time they have put into this project,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar. “It is an important part of our efforts to make Woodbridge a leader in ‘green’ and environmentally friendly practices.”