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Meadow Brook Hall is continuing the Woodland Entrance Restoration Program on Arbor Day, April 27, 2018 as an annual community work day and tree planting celebration. The goal will be to improve a significant area adjacent to the entrance drive.

Helping us facilitate the program are the City of Rochester Hills, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and ReLeaf Michigan, a statewide volunteer non-profit tree planting organization whose mission is to educate the public on the value of trees and how to properly select, plant and maintain them.

Even if you can't come plant trees on April 27, you can still have a positive impact. ReLeaf will match your donation dollar for dollar towards this project.

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Help Meadow Brook Hall purchase trees to plant for their Arbor Day celebration and tree planting ceremony with the City of Rochester Hills on Friday, April 27 at 3:30 p.m. Plus, double your impact -- ReLeaf Michigan will match donations dollar for dollar up to $1,000!

Want to get your hands dirty for a good cause? Then join us on Friday, April 27!

Following a short orientation, all volunteers will be divided into works groups to:

- Remove invasive plant species (dig out or cut to ground)

- Haul fallen branches

- Spread wood chips in planting area

- Plant trees

Following the work session, volunteers will gather on the Loggia Terrace for a ceremonial tree planting, photo opportunity, and receive a seedling to take home.

Date: Friday, April 27, 2018, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - Garden Tent - Volunteer check-in and brief orientation by ReLeaf Michigan

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Woodlands clean-up and planting

3:30 p.m. – Loggia Terrace: Arbor Day celebration and tree planting ceremony with City of Rochester Hills

Contact: Nikki Thomas: thomas23@oakland.edu or 248-364-6209 to volunteer or for more information.

Why are donations necessary?

Historic landscapes are important cultural resources that are part of our national heritage. They represent a physical record of the history of a property and reflect a personal account of design trends and styles, social history, and the life styles of the owners. Meadow Brook Hall’s Woodland Entrance is an important component of our historic landscape, it also serves as a natural habitat for wildlife and as a recreational attraction for visitors to enjoy.

The woodlands have slowly declined over the years and have become unsightly due to disease and insect infestations. As the trees die off, they leave open spaces which allow invasive species to take hold, smothering out desirable species. Establishing a manageable maintenance program will create a more balanced ecosystem, one that will regenerate itself naturally.

Your donation will allow us to purchase healthy native trees to plant on Arbor Day.