Rotary accepts challenge to plant 100 trees at Beechwood

November 8, 2018

There are 36 new trees at Beechwood Farm Nature Reserve thanks to efforts by the Rotary Club of Fox Chapel Area.

Members spent the day on Oct. 18 digging holes, planting, staking and fencing the new additions to the campus along Dorseyville Road.

Beechwood Farms is a 134-acre sanctuary that houses outdoor classrooms, a native plant store and walking trails.

The planting was a challenge issued by Rotary International President Ian Riseley, who asked the more than 1 million members worldwide to each plant a tree and raise awareness of environmental stewardship.

“Our club took up the call and decided to donate funds and time to plant trees for each of our 100 members,” branch Past President George Dull said. “Beechwood Farms was looking to extend its tree coverage and was looking for some help -- Rotary to the rescue.”

Students from Fox Chapel Area High School’s International Club joined adults to help at the outing and members of other school clubs, like the Rotary Interact Club, will complete the planting of 100 trees 0to fulfill the goal and enhance the property.

“It was a wonderful experience for our club,” Dull said.

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