Help the Southwest Queen Anne Greenbelt This Saturday

You may recall our post on the Green Seattle Day earlier this month – it was part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the Southwest Queen Anne Greenbelt by clearing ivy and planting over 200 native trees and shrubs. The event rallied roughly 35 people on November 3rd (thank you, volunteers!) and the next step is prepping for 400+ trees that will be planted in January and February. Plus, if you like eradicating ivy, that task is on the list too, as well as mulching and creating more survival rings.

So, grab your clippers and gloves and sign up for this Saturday’s event at the Southwest Queen Anne Greenbelt. You’ll need to dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and make sure you have long sleeves and pants if you’re up to working with blackberry removal. If you don’t have gloves or tools, just let the coordinator know via your RSVP, and they’ll be provided for you.

And, a heads up to save the date – the next step in rehabbing the greenbelt is planting live Christmas trees left over from the holidays, so mark the morning of January 12th on your calendar, more details to follow.

Key Details:

  • What: SW Queen Anne Greenbelt – mulch, prep, ivy removal
  • Where: W. Lee and Elliott Ave W., park behind Super Supplements, 1154 Elliott Ave W
  • When: Saturday, December 1st, 9am-noon

Note: please RSVP so the coordinator can allot the appropriate amount of extra gloves, tools and mulch.

Umpqua Bank unveils Queen Anne winner of Build Your Block Contest

The Umpqua Bank Build Your Block Challenge winner for Queen Anne has been selected, and the winner is… Southwest Queen Anne Green Belt Forest Restoration! Since March 12, local residents have had the opportunity to vote for one of three neighborhood enhancement ideas they’d like to see come to life. At an unveiling event on April 5, Umpqua Bank announced that project would receive $10,000, as well as the volunteers needed to complete the project.

The Southwest Queen Anne Greenbelt is 70 acres of woodland threatened by invasive plants. The goal is to plant 500 native conifers. Funds will be used to purchase trees and to coordinate volunteers from Queen Anne and other neighborhoods.

This is the sixth year that Umpqua Bank has put on its Build Your Block Challenge. Past winning projects include community gardens, an eco-friendly kids play area, and outdoor building enhancements, such as a mural painted by local elementary students.