Removing Invasives in Framingham

Chris Reardon (left) helped pull invasives from the pollinator garden on the Cochituate Rail Trail.

On Saturday, September 23, SVT's Chris Reardon participated in a trail work day set up by the Public Lands staff in partnership with the Framingham Conservation Commission. Held in celebration of National Public Lands Day, the event drew more than 25 volunteers who worked on invasive removal projects in Framingham, including weeding a pollinator garden along a stretch of the Cochituate Rail Trail that runs from Framingham to Natick.

Along the Rail Trail, Chris helped volunteers identify native and invasive species in the pollinator garden. What was supposed to be a rainy morning was merely a bit gray and chilly, and the group successfully cleared out a large amount of mugwort and glossy buckthorn, clearing space so bee balm, goldenrod, and other native plant species can thrive.

After their work was done, volunteers from all the work sites gathered to participate in yard games and enjoy refreshments from food trucks.