Grounds Keepers

Next Work Day:  Saturday, September 5, 2015   8:30 am to noon     Bring gloves and rakes

It’s our back-to-school clean-up, focusing on weeding in the Nottingham front yard so the grounds are ready for students’ return.  Cold drinks will be provided.

We can always use an extra pair of hands–parents, grandparents, students, neighbors, friends of Nottingham—all are welcome for an hour or two, or the entire morning.


Next Work Day:  Saturday, April 12, 2014     9 am to noon   Bring gloves

Nottingham parent and Ramsey Ave. resident Dudley Breed, a landscape architect, has taken on the 53-acre Nottingham “yard” as a five-year project. He has designed landscaping work in several phases, the first of which—shade gardens right outside the entrance to the school—was completed during the summer of 2012. Phase 2—planting 14 trees up the circular driveway from Meadowbrook to the bus drop-off area–was completed with the help of almost 60 Nottingham students, parents, and staff membeshovelling dirt back on the rootsrs as well as several Nottingham neighbors on November 11, 2012.

In the spring of 2013, work will begin on phase three—a line of shrubs that will hide the view of the parking lot from the sidewalk and driveway, so people driving up the driveway or walking on the sidewalk will see green rather than chrome.

Dudley has been working with the Meadowbrook neighbors who have done such a tremendous job with the flowers on the Meadowbrook endcaps, and he designed the small pocket park in the triangle at the intersection of Euclid and Meadowbrook. He talks often about the string of urban green spaces in Boston, dubbed the Emerald Necklace, and we now imagine a “jade necklace” of green areas on the East Side, running from Barry Park to Nottingham, and making Nottingham a real “jewel” in that jade necklace.

Supporters of this work are encouraged to donate to the Grounds Keepers fund.

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