Holly Grove Clean-up
Saturday, October 3, 9:30-12pm
Old Greenwich, CT - The Friends of Greenwich Point and the Town of Greenwich invite volunteers to join in their Holly Grove Clean-up on Saturday, October 3 9:30-12 at Greenwich Point. We were not able to do it this spring due to COVID but the Point needs our help. Come and enjoy the outdoors, help keep this special area of Greenwich Point thriving, and get a good workout! Please wear masks, long sleeved shirts and pants, and bring work gloves, pruners/loppers, your water bottle and a friend or two.
The clean-up includes cleaning up branches and removing the vines that are enveloping the hollies, ensuring the vitality of this precious area. Greenwich Point’s Holly Grove is part of a regional network of places recognized for outstanding value to bird conservation. The mature holly trees serve multiple purposes to support wildlife and many creatures enjoy the red berries - from squirrels, raccoons and other small mammals to our native birds as well as migrating ones traveling between their winter and summer territories.
The Holly Grove, planted in 1959, was a gift to Greenwich Point by Mr. & Mrs. Kitchel in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. Twenty-one holly species were planted and while time has seen many of them thrive, time has also taken a toll on the Grove. In 2016, in celebration of the Friends of Greenwich Point’s 60th anniversary, they began working with the Town to restore the Holly Grove. In addition to cleaning-up the grove and planting 63 new hollies so far, they rebuilt an entrance post, header and rail with a new sign created by Mike Gavin. This project seemed fitting as Mrs. Kitchel was instrumental in the formation of the Friends of Greenwich Point (formerly known as the Greenwich Point Committee).