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Volunteer Maintenance Team

This photo shows a new patch of grass that we planted this fall (2015). The pond is in the background. Two volunteers are in the picture: Fran Givelber and Priscilla Smith. A good deal of volunteer effort went into clearing the ground in preparation for seeding.

This photo shows a new patch of grass that we planted this fall (2015). The pond is in the background. Two volunteers are in the picture: Fran Givelber and Priscilla Smith. A good deal of volunteer effort went into clearing the ground in preparation for seeding.

Volunteer Maintenance Session : Tuesday, June 28

Participation on the team is an excellent way to get exercise, learn about nurturing a nature preserve in an urban setting, and appreciate the beauty of the Sanctuary. The twice-monthly work sessions are scheduled on mornings that are most convenient for members of the team. Work sessions are announced a week or more in advance. Members come only as often as their schedules permit. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator, Frank Caro.

Frank Caro, Volunteer Coordinator
frank.g.caro@gmail.com
617-739-9228

We would love you to join us if you can. Tools are provided, and no experience is necessary—just the desire to help maintain Hall’s Pond.
At a recent maintenance session, Brookline Park Ranger Alex Cassie aids volunteer Janet Wynn in digging out invasive plants. Please join us next year if you can. Tools are provided, and no experience is necessary—just the desire to help maintain Hall’s Pond.

At a recent maintenance session, Brookline Park Ranger Alex Cassie aids volunteer Janet Wynn in digging out invasive plants.

OUR VOLUNTEER MAINTENANCE TEAM helps to keep the Sanctuary and formal garden attractive throughout the growing season. Twice a month from spring through the fall, our volunteers groom the formal garden and combat invasive vegetation in the Sanctuary. We supplement the work accomplished at the spring and fall Community days. All of the volunteer work is done on a small group basis with a plan for each session that is approved by staff of the Conservation Commission.

Marie-Claire Kamin has played a special role in keeping the urn in the center of the garden attractive. Ellen Forrester has supplied fresh plant material several times during the growing season and Marie-Clare has lovingly found homes for them in the urn. When it is time to revitalize the urn, Marie-Claire moves successful plants from the urn to the surrounding garden. In this way, she and Ellen have kept the circle in the center of the formal garden looking interesting throughout the summer and into the fall.

In Nan’s Meadow, we have expanded the planting of native perennials and shrubs. Some plants have taken hold well and promise to be a welcome presence for years to come. Since the Meadow is no longer mowed, we have to pay special attention to the invasive vines that are especially attracted to the edges of wooded areas. Porcelain berry, bittersweet, and black swallowwort are the major invasive vines that are eager to establish themselves in the Meadow.

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Because of our vigilance over the past few years, we no longer find large vines that have climbed high up into the trees. Consequently, we are able to attend to less dramatic threats to the Sanctuary. Some of our attention now is to 5-leaf Akebia, an attractive vine that was introduced by a neighbor for ornamental purposes. Akebia has spread along the ground and found its way to the pond. Along the way, the Akebia has engulfed shrubs that it has encountered.

A major benefit for us in volunteering is that it involves us intimately with the Sanctuary from spring through fall. We experience the vegetation and the wildlife in special ways. We also learn a lot and get good exercise!

We continue to rely primarily on a small group of volunteers who have been active for many years and who are board members. This group consists of Priscilla Smith, Janet Wynn, Harry Breger, Helen Herman, Bruce Wolff, Anne-Marie Kamin.

We have a continuing need to expand our group of volunteers. We welcome newcomers and those who can come only occasionally. We provide on-the-job training to new volunteers. We find light work for those who want it. For those seeking physical challenges, we find assignments requiring vigorous effort. We communicate through an email distribution list. As much as possible, we schedule sessions at times convenient for members. Because most of our volunteers are retired, most of our sessions are on weekday mornings.


Volunteer Maintenance Team Photos

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Formal Garden Photos