"One way to think about Awbury Arboretum is as a community of people who are the stewards of a community of plants. Good stewardship is an active and on-going process: it requires both present action and future planning."
Mark Sellers, Chair
Awbury Arboretum Association
Awbury Staff and Board members are embarking on a new and innovative planning process. We have developed a Stewardship Plan, identifying our "Top 10" projects for 2012 and beyond. Each project was selected with the arboretum's long-range use and sustainability in mind. From combatting invasive growth and replacing the porch of the Francis Cope House, to expanding agricultural fields and restoring meadow habitat, every one of these projects will either enhance the arboretum’s ability to earn revenue, save money by improving security, or improve the landscape.
The "Top 10" for 2012 and Beyond:
1. The Chew Avenue Gateway: Welcoming Visitors to the Arboretum
2. The Central Landscape Park: Recovering the Spirit of the Original Landscape
3. McNabb Town Field: Parking and/or Playing Grounds
4. The Francis Cope House: The Heart of the Arboretum
5. The Francis Cope Grounds: Parking, Outdoor Classroom, Garden & Woodland
6. Center for Agriculture & Maintenance: Integrated Planning for the Agricultural Village
7. The Agricultural Expansion: More Fields, More Crops
8. Haines Field & the Henry Cope “Secret” Garden: Programing for Passive Recreation
9. The Meadow Restoration: Habitat & Vistas
10. The Watercourse & Pond Restoration: Bog Gardens, Ponds, Spillways & Bridges
Developed under the guidance of Landscape Manager Denis Lucey, the Landscape Committee, and Levy DiCarlo Partners (LDCP) architecture and landscape architecture firm, the plan synthesizes historical and current information about the arboretum to help make wise and innovative decisions for the future. Through your continued support, we'll see this plan through to completion.
Download the full proposal here:
2012 Stewardship Plan (3744 KB)