Friends of Brightwood Park have great expectations for 2022! These expectations spring from the potential locked in a nature preserve nestled in a suburb. With families in abundance and nature scarce, unlocking that potential offers opportunity to enrich the lives of so many.
To fulfill our mission to restore, preserve, and educate, we have a robust plan for the year. It begins with our continuing effort to eliminate rogue invasive plants that threaten biodiversity. This year, we will also reintroduce native plants and pollinator gardens in limited areas. Additionally, we hope to continue basic trail maintenance on the pond loop trail.
Our educational offerings are wide ranging. History tours bring the stories of the African American community that once lived in the Big Woods to life. Cooperating with the Westfield Green Team and the Great Swamp Watershed Association, we have promoted information sessions on “Uninvited” invasive species such as the lanternfly, native plant gardening, and the significance of supporting a healthy ecosystem. Our family oriented programs bring enrichment to children and opportunities for artists.
For those of us volunteering in the park to make this all possible, the best part of all is that we get to share our time and talents with an incredible group of people. I remain inspired by their passion and dedication and awed by their generous sharing of knowledge. I invite and encourage you to join this amazing group.
John Linderman, Tom Mann, Nicole Chartrain, Denise Ricci
Brightwood Park is on the North end of Prospect Street. Go past Franklin School and look for the entrance on the left.