Current Projects of the BBC
- Trees for Bloomfield Initiative (PDF): The Bloomfield Beautification Committee and The Conservation, Energy and Environment committees working together along with interested residents have established the Trees for Bloomfield Initiative. This initiative is a way to provide residents a tree canopy for generations to come. And, in as much as a mature tree stores four tons of carbon for forty years, planting trees will help to reduce carbon dioxide going into the planet's atmosphere and mitigate climate change. In addition, all these trees will enhance our neighborhoods as well as provide shade, fall color, wildlife habitat, enrich the environment, and provide oxygen. In 2021 TFB planted 36 trees, presented two educational lectures, 1 pruning workshop, 4 guided tree hikes, a Tree Photo Contest and a Gallery Reception to Recognize the 13 Winners of the Photo Contest (PDF).
- The Arboretum at Bloomfield Town Hall (PDF): a self-guided walking tour at 800 Bloomfield Avenue. The Arboretum was established in 2021 by the BBC as part of the Trees for Bloomfield Initiative. The conservation and stewardship of our existing tree canopy is critical for our towns future and is an on-going project. By establishing the Arboretum, the BBC seeks to promote an appreciation of trees and serve as an education resource. Visit the kiosk at Town Hall, pick up a brochure with map and take a self-guided walk in any season. Trees are labeled.
- Farmington River Park-460 Tunxis Avenue: The BBC has taken on the project of helping to renovate the Farmington River Park with the Department of Public Works and Leisure Services. Through the help of the Hartford Audubon Society and Lower Farmington/Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic grants, BBC has added a new kiosk with informational signage about the trails, guidelines, and more. Native plants line the entry into the trails, and new bird signage and benches facing the Farmington River will soon be installed. The 78-acre scenic park is open to walkers with marked trails and views along the Farmington River. Park closes at sunset.
Join the BBC, Trees for Bloomfield, and Bloomfield Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services for the annual Mothers and Fathers Day Hike on June 17 from 9 am to Noon (raindate June 18). The River to Ridge hike will be led by a geologist, along with river and tree experts.