Together we can help make Glastonbury a more beautiful, greener place to live.
Annual Work Day!
More than 40
bittersweet battlers turned out on October 25, 2014 to enjoy
great fall weather and to clear an area next to the 2013
parcel at Riverfront Park that was threatened by invasive
plants. Within a few hours, the several-acre site along the
walking path to Main Street was cleared of hundreds of
tangled and matted bittersweet vines leaving the Town crew
to treat the cut vines to prevent resprouting. Afterwards, a
number of resolute volunteers continued down to the
riverfront trail near a secluded picnic table to cut new
bittersweet vine growth that has reappeared since last years
felt good about their contribution to bringing back the
natural beauty of the park. The trees and natural habitat
will now flourish providing us with their beauty. It was a
very satisfying morning well spent.
to the success of the event was Greg Foran and the
Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department team. From
planning, to site preparation, to debris cleanup,
Glastonbury Partners in Planting couldn’t ask for better
GPIP will be
restoring the cleared parcels with native plants in the near
More Work Days
A Tree at Ferry Landing!
Ferry Landing Park saw more than
its usual early morning joggers in early
June. Fifteen devoted battling invasives
volunteers, armed with loppers and
pruning shears, cut
massive amounts of bittersweet vines
growing at the park. Looking at the many
left on the side of the ½ mile path, it
was estimated that nearly 100 tall,
stately trees were saved from the
terrorist bittersweet vines!
At a recent board meeting it was decided that GPIP
would like to take a leading role in an initiative to battle
the invasive and prolific oriental bittersweet that
threatens all of Glastonbury's parks and forests as well as
many backyards. We have put together a mission and purpose
that includes community-wide partnerships, educational
outreach, hands-on remediation projects and continuous
learning and research.
Our Battling Bittersweet Work Day at Riverfront Park on September 28th was a huge success thanks to the nearly 75 intrepid volunteers who worked throughout the day cutting away the strangling bittersweet vines and removing the multi-flora rose. What was once a dense jungle is now open space for trees and native understory to flourish.
The cut vines will help prevent the
spread of the berry seeds in the future.
GPIP is commited to Battling Bittersweet, a long process with many baby steps.
We encourage your support and interest to help us fight this battle.
Please use the
Volunteer feature at the top of this page if you'd like
to help us in some manner; either with hands-on projects or
helping to distribute and publicize information.
much for your attention to this growing problem!
Please watch this
slide presentation of examples from here in Glastonbury, showing how the
bittersweet vines have strangled tree trunks and climbed to
the tops of the trees taking over the canopy.
Invasive Plant Walking Tour Videos
On June 5th, GPIP hosted a
walking tour at Riverfront Park featuring guest speaker
Donna Ellis, Sr. Educator with the UConn Department of Plant
Sciences and co-founder the Connecticut Invasive Plants
Working Group. The tour focused on identifying problem
plants that could be growing in your yard, the damage they
cause, why the problem is so serious and effective ways to
manage and eradicate infestations.
These 7 videos, broken down by invasive species, were taken
during the walk.