Barb Burrill, one of Wallingford’s hardest working volunteers, recycling guru, Wallyhood writer, and community tree steward, has been selected as a national finalist for the Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees) 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award. ACTrees awards individuals who are “inspirational volunteers in action who have made a contribution to urban forestry by improving community trees and the neighborhoods where they live.”
Barb is one of 40 orchard stewards who works with City Fruit and Seattle Parks and Recreation under their joint Public Orchard Steward Program. She, along with a small band of volunteers, tend to 23 trees along the Burke-Gilman Trail, between the University Bridge and The Center for Wooden Boats at Northlake. Last year, the group harvested more than 500 pounds of apples on that segment of the trail!
“Volunteers are the heart of local tree nonprofits, providing the resources and energy that make tree planting and care possible,” says Carrie Gallagher, ACTrees Executive Director. “Barb Burrill models the ideals of stewardship, giving, professionalism and leadership.”
Congratulations on your award, Barb! And thank you for all that you do!
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