Willowbrook Park’s Streambank Restoration project by City of Burlington was featured on Fox8 News on March 5th, 2018. This is an important step for New Leaf’s project to transform this park into an arboretum, in which the City is a partner of. You may view the news story and video here: Fox8 Willowbrook StoryPlease visit the project page for future information: Burlington Arboretum @ Willowbrook Park
New Leaf’s biggest upcoming project, The Burlington Arboretum at Willowbrook Park, has brought up some questions, most importantly: “What is an arboretum?” According to Merriam-Webster, an arboretum is a place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. We would like to encourage interested individuals to visit the following local Arboretums and Public Gardens:
The above links are also available from the project page: Burlington Arboretum @ Willowbrook Park
Architectural Treasures of Alamance County, a coffee book displaying the beautiful architectural features found only in Alamance County is now on sale with all proceeds benefiting New Leaf Society. David Smith, owner of CHASE Builders, Inc., is the creator of this project.
“Great architecture is as profound as a moving painting, a powerful speech, or an ornate garden landscape. It is something that can propel us forward in life, something that gives us the belief that this is all worthwhile.” Smith says in the book’s introduction. Sample photos of the book can be seen below.
With the holidays approaching, this is the perfect gift! Books may be purchased at the Glen Raven, Inc. Front Lobby. 1831 N. Park Avenue, Glen Raven, NC 27217 (Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm) by making a contribution for $50.00 or more for one book. Contributions are payable by check (New Leaf Society) or exact change, only.
You may also purchase a copy at one of the upcoming book signings:
Saturday, December 23rd from 10am – 12noon at Alamance Arts, 213 S. Main St., Graham, NC 27253; (336) 226-4495; http://www.alamancearts.org
Saturday, January 27th from 11am – 1pm at May Memorial Library, 342 S. Spring St., Burlington, NC 27215; (336) 229-3588; https://www.alamancelibraries.org/
Copies can be purchased outside of the book signings
The Graham Regional Park opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 13, 2017. This park is the first phase of what is hoping to be a 118 acre park. It is currently 18 acres. New Leaf contributed to these project by donation $10,000 to go towards trees and plantings. To read the article by the Burlington Times-News, please visit: http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20170413/ribbon-cut-on-graham-park
The City of Graham’s Recreation & Parks Director for 21 years, Melody Wiggins, will retire the end of January. Wiggins was an instrumental part in the obtaining and implementing a multi-phase project that will ultimately be the City of Graham Recreation Complex. Wiggins and the City of Graham have been wonderful partners to New Leaf and we wish her the best in her retirement. Read the Times-News feature: Melody Wiggins – Burlington Times-News
You may also visit the City of Graham project here
The Burlington City Council approved plans for the Burlington Arboretum at Willowbrook Park on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. This was featured in an article in the Burlington Times-News. You may view the article here: Council Approves Arboretum
You may also view a brief outline of the plans on our webpage: Burlington Arboretum @ Willowbrook Park
Alamance County is home to many wonderful, large trees with fascinating backstories. The Alamance Champion Tree Project celebrates these trees by finding, measuring and crowning the largest tree of its species, along with overall Grand Champions (not necessarily the largest of their species!) in three special categories:
Champion Tree: largest known tree in the county!
Historic Tree: a running list of trees that arguably hold the most historic significance. Must be at least fifty years old but don’t have to be the largest of their species.
Landmark Tree: a tree that commemorates a special occasion or holds significant value to an individual or group. Does not have to be the largest of its species.
The deadline to enter is November 4th and the winner will be announced November 12th. Happy Measuring!
To learn more, please visit: Alamance County Champion Trees
New Leaf Society was recently thanked in a letter to the editor for the beauifticaiton projects in Alamance County. We are thankful to be acknoweleged and are very thankful that our efforts are noticed and appreciated. To read the letter, please visit: