The Friends of Bryan Park has been awarded a $500 grant in the Beautification and Community Greening Category. The Keep Virginia Beautiful 30 in 30 grant program focuses greater resources and attention on organizations and individual localities throughout the Commonwealth and how they are addressing the issues of litter prevention, recycling, waste reduction, beautification and education.
Keep Virginia Beautiful provided the opportunity for government, non-profit and/or service organizations in Virginia to apply for one of thirty grants ranging from $500 to $1,000 in three different categories: Beautification, Litter Prevention, and Recycling. These grants are made possible by our generous partners – Capital One, Waste Management and Lowe’s.
As a service project in 2006, a local church planted the Better Together Garden in Joseph Bryan Park in Richmond. With Friends of Bryan Park’s (FoBP) help, four beds were created, a gravel path was laid out and trees were planted. Unfortunately, the church was unable to maintain the garden after the first couple of years and the garden is now in need of a tremendous amount of restoration. FoBP plan is to restore and enhance this garden by planting native sun loving species that will attract butterflies, pollinating insects and birds. With the help of the Riverine Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists, Friends of Bryant Park and its many volunteers will work tirelessly through the spring and fall to restore this once beautiful garden and create a natural habitat that can be enjoyed by all of Mother Nature’s creatures great and small. Additionally, visitors will learn that planting natives is a win-win proposition for both the beauty of a garden and their sustainability for the environment.
The mission at Keep Virginia Beautiful is to engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment through 5 impact areas: Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Environmental Education.