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Volunteers Work Together For Fifth Annual Fruit Trail Reawakening



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A group of community volunteers equipped with gloves and gardening tools came together for the two-day Newtown Fruit Trail Reawakening at Fairfield Hills, on March 27 and 28.

The event was hosted by Newtown Parks and Recreation, along with Fruit Trail founder Andrew Mangold, who created the space in 2016.

The team started the day off by tidying up the gardens along the campus perimeter on Mile Hill Road South. People pitched in by raking and picking up natural debris.

Tasks needing to be done also included removing winter tree cages as well as planting new bulbs, shrubs, and flowers.

Amy Mangold, who is the director of Newtown Parks and Recreation and Andrew’s mother, said that another goal was to identify the different trees and plantings, then create temporary labels. The hope is to have permanent educational signage so that those visiting the Fruit Trail can know what is growing there.

For more information about how to help with the Fruit Trail call Newtown Parks & Recreation at 270-270-4340.

Newtown resident Gail Diminico lends a hand raking during the Newtown Fruit Trail Reawakening event at Fairfield Hills on Saturday, March 27. It was her first time taking part in the spring maintenance effort, and she was inspired to do so after enjoying the beauty that the Fruit Trail brings to the area. —Bee Photos, Silber
Newtown resident Bill Mangold picks up a pile of sticks along the Newtown Fruit Trail to add to the wheelbarrow beside him at Saturday’s Newtown Fruit Trail Reawakening.
Pictured from left are Fruit Trail founder Andrew Mangold, Newtown Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold, and volunteer Barbara Richardson going over the plans for the day at the start of the Newtown Fruit Trail Reawakening on March 27.
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