Spring Cleaning at the Reservoir

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Volunteers came out with rakes and boots to clean and spruce up the trails at the James G. Johnson, Jr. Conservancy, more commonly known as the Larchmont Reservoir last Saturday.

The event was sponsored by the Sheldrake Environmental Center, a non-profit group that protects local environmental resources and fosters a love of the outdoors through school and family programs.

Janet Beal, the organizer of the event, declared it a huge success. “It went wonderfully well. It was nice to see so many people participating. I know what a busy time of year this is.”

Holly Moskow, President of the Sheldrake Environmental Center adds, “It really makes such a difference to have community volunteers come forward to help maintain this gem of a property.”

Among the volunteers were congregants from St. John’s Church, and Boy Scout troop 4, who collected 10 huge contractor bags of trash from around the reservoir. Employees of Woodard & Curran, a local engineering firm, spread wood chips on the trails surrounding Goodliffe Pond. They also donated much-needed wheelbarrows to facilitate the project.

In addition to the Sheldrake cleanup volunteers prepared the beds in the vegetable garden, which has been supplying fresh produce to clients of the Larchmont Mamaroneck Food Pantry for 31 years.

Ms. Beal’s next project is to find volunteers to help plant the vegetable garden. Planting day is  May 14, from 10 to 12 and May 15 from 1 to 3. Meet at the potting shed, just past the Sheldrake Environmental Center at 285 Weaver Street. The following weekend is the rain date. For more information call 914-834-1443.

Catherine Wachs is a Larchmont-based landscape designer. Her company is called The Lazy Gardener.

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