I ran into Norm Brown on Oakwood Avenue yesterday and stopped to thank him for what his department has been able to do in Fairmount recently. As hard-working and passionate as Norm is about trees, he is also reluctant to take too much credit. He chalked up the new trees in Fairmount and on 30th Street to the energies of interested folks in the areas, and the focus of the director of the of Public Works, Dexter White.
The way Norm describes it, he was tasked from above to find places that needed the trees, and he then turned to people in the neighborhoods to locate the specific locations that could really use the plantings. We have promised to take care of our new trees in Fairmount, and Norm says that block captains have stepped forward n 30th Street to nurture their new piece of Richmond’s urban forest.