My son wanted to do a tree-planting for a community service project, and a quick online search brought up Fairfax ReLeaf. In the fall, we attended a training session, where we were educated about the importance of trees, and led through a hands-on planting session, where we learned proper planting technique. This was a very satisfying project, and we were very happy to be getting on-the-ground experience with such friendly and FREE oversight! Several months later, my son had his own planting project on the grounds of our religious institution; Fairfax ReLeaf provided the seedlings, tools, other materials, and an experienced volunteer to help at the project site. The process was easy and fun and so rewarding, and we all felt like we did something tangible to make our community better. The fact that the staff at Fairfax Releaf were so forthcoming with support, information, and materials was absolutely wonderful. We will definitely plan more projects with their assistance in the future!
Fairfax Releaf is a GREAT nonprofit organization. Taylor Beach has been so accommodating and helpful with getting my sister and I native plants for our new house which had nothing in the yard when we bought it. Taylor has been so reliable in getting back to us promptly so that we can pick up the plants that we requested and get them in the ground.
A big THANKS to Fairfax Releaf
As a member of the Grounds Committee of our HOA, I contacted Fairfax ReLeaf to find out about their reforestation program. Taylor Beach was extremely helpful in working to educate me on the type of trees we needed and the timing of the plantings. My husband and I recently went to their training course to learn how to run an organized planting and participated in a volunteer planting. We then took delivery of our trees (saplings), stakes and collars, and were able to work with our neighbors to plant them in our neighborhood. Throughout this process, Taylor was very responsive. I was so impressed with this group that I have volunteered to become a member of the Board.
As a volunteer board member of a Homeowners Association, our association was in need of trees after we had several diseased trees removed. Toward that end, the Executive Director of Fairfax Releaf, Ms. Taylor Beach, was exceptionally helpful in numerous ways. Taylor expeditiously arranged a meeting between this writer and Fairfax County's Urban Forester. Thereupon, Taylor, the Urban Forester, Jim, and I met on site. Taylor and Jim examined the areas that needed trees and made suggestions concerning the types of trees that would do well. Their suggestions and recommendations were essential. Although the trees we decided upon would not be available until Spring, several days after said site visit, Taylor was able to obtain several of the desired trees. Taylor remembered me and immediately called to advise that she located the trees and I could retrieve same. Taylor was kind enough to fit me into her busy schedule so that she could provide me with said trees. Taylor also provided the necessary stakes and collars needed to protect the safeguard the trees as they grow in a busy area. We cannot thank Taylor enough for all her help and for her assistance in beautifying our neighborhood. Taylor, you are the BEST! Thank You!!
Taylor and Fairfax Releaf are great. I was looking for volunteer opportunities with younger children, and Taylor connected us with a place in need of trees in our neighborhood that was safe for younger volunteers. At the planting session, Taylor was kind, patient, and informative - demonstrating how to plant trees to kids as young as 2 and 3 years old. I hope to make this an annual family event.
Fairfax Releaf has been an absolutely wonderful organiztion to work with. From the planning of our projects, to the provision of great native plants and necessary materials, to the provision of tools, to help on educating our volunteers and staff, to the help on managing and actually planting our plants - Fairfax Releaf has always been there for us. As a result of Fairfax Releaf's assistance, Wolf Trap has made significant progress towards achieving many of its sustainable landscape goals and objectives.
Fairfax Releaf reached out and invited me to a project manager training session after I asked some questions about planting native trees in urban forests. The training session provided both hands-on experience with actual stakes, deer guards and tree seedlings (crucial) as well as basic information about planning an urban tree-planting project and the value of preserving urban forests. (My favorable experience with this training led to make a contribution of more than $100--not something I can afford to do routinely or lightly.) Later, when the time came for me to undertake a project, Fairfax ReLeaf provided enthusiastic encouragement, tree seedlings, stakes and deer guards--along with technical guidance about best planting time and what trees or shrubs would do best. While avoiding any bureaucratic hassle, the experts at Fairfax Releaf still provided the guidance needed to ensure that my volunteer efforts were sucessful. They are also very dedicated--when I needed to pick up 60 seedlings on a Sunday morning, Fairfax Releaf was there. This is a small but determined organization with a very large reach--bit by bit, this is the kind of work that will help control non-point pollution in the Chesapeake and provide natural greenspaces for city dwellers.
Love a group that knows their core biz and knows it well. Releaf is a perfect example. Love what they do, love how they do it.
In fall of 2009 nearly 500 trees were planted at Fairhill Elementary with a volunteer force of students. In April of 2010, Girl Scouts straightened up stakes and tubes around the existing trees and planted 30 more. In addition, about 100 trees were planted in a neighboring community in green space areas. Fairfax Re-Leaf promptly returned our calls and set us up with training, saplings, and supplies. The representative from Fairfax Re-Leaf met us at our chosen location and assisted in the initial plantings. Afterwards, this representative provided additional saplings and supplies as needed. Fairfax Re-Leaf enabled our Girl Scouts to earn an environmental award empowering them to make a tangible difference in their community.
My team and I set out to do our part in nurturing the enviornment by planting a few trees. What we did not anticipate was the fun-filled and knowledgeable experience we were blessed to undertake! The professional on-sit was fantastic! She taught us all the basics of planting and growing young trees. In many ways it was far more than we bargained for; both in learning and in love. We thank you for the opportunity!