Volunteer Spotlight: Weed Warriors, Newcastle Trails and More

April is National Volunteer Month and over the next few weeks, Newcastle will recognize volunteers who support city programs, projects and events. This week we highlight three community organizations: Newcastle Trails, Weed Warriors Nature Stewards and the Eastside Fuchsia Garden Society.

Weed Warriors Nature Stewards is a local nonprofit group that regularly works with the city to improve the aesthetic, recreational and economic value of public parks, trails and open spaces. A group of hearty volunteers recently spent a rainy Saturday removing noxious weeds and blackberries from the May Creek Park wetlands. The Weed Warriors group has also been the driving force behind previous Earth Day celebrations.

Newcastle Trails is a nonprofit volunteer organization that partners with the city focusing on preserving, expanding and maintaining the approximately 7 miles of trails within city limits. City staff works with the group supporting trail project details and budgeting. Volunteers are currently working to complete the East Cross Town Trail which is projected to connect with Cougar Mountain Park.

Did you know Eastside Fuchsia Society volunteers created and continues to maintain the Fuchsia Garden at Lake Boren Park? On a recent weekend, volunteers gathered at the park to weed, clean up and prune the garden so that visitors may continue to enjoy it. The garden also educates those who want to grow fuchsias in their own gardens.

Many thanks to Newcastle Trails, Weed Warriors Nature Stewards and the Eastside Fuchsia Garden Society for volunteering their time, talents and energy this quarter to better the Newcastle community!

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