Volunteers needed at Sleepy Hole

Published 8:55 pm Monday, January 13, 2020

The Nansemond River Preservation Alliance is seeking volunteers to help prune native shrubs, protect young trees and prepare a walking path from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday near the pier at Sleepy Hole Park, 4616 Sleepy Hole Road.

This work will be done on the riparian buffer and native plant arboretum near the pier. The site helps to reduce pollution that’s carried into the Nansemond River by stormwater runoff, and the native trees and shrubs also serve as habitats and food for birds, butterflies and other insects.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own pruning tools, as only about a dozen pruning tools will be provided by the NRPA.

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Volunteers are still needed as of Monday evening, according to an email from Elizabeth Taraski, president and chief executive officer for the NRPA. Families are encouraged to participate, and the project also meets high school community service requirements.

For registration and other information, contact Elizabeth Taraski by calling 708-6114 or emailing taraski.nrpa@gmail.com.