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Thank you!

Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers for helping us succeed in completely planting the rewilding areas of the People’s Forest at Veasey Park! We had perfect weather, lots of smiling faces (even while digging rock!), great food, and 160 seasoned & brand new gardeners from under 10 to over 80. A real community effort. 


"Great job everybody! Come by again and watch your plants grow." ~ Dianne, Diane, Diane, Willow, and Chip


The Veasey Forest is a beautiful natural area that is home to a diverse range of animals, birds, and pollinators. The nature trails are enjoyed by thousands of nature enthusiasts each year. This area of the forest, unfortunately, has been taken over by invasive non-native vines that have encroached on the hillside, threatening the delicate balance of the ecosystem. However, the MA Master Gardeners are working to restore and reforest these 9,000 square feet back to its natural self-sustaining ecosystem for the benefit of all creatures.



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The restoration project at Veasey Forest is a vital effort to preserve the natural beauty and balance of the ecosystem. By removing invasive non-native vines and planting dense native trees, shrubs, and groundcover, we are creating a sustainable habitat for the many creatures who call Veasey Park their home. The dense native planting will follow guidelines established by the Miyawaki Method. Check out “Mini-Forest Revolution” by Hannah Lewis or watch this hopeful video for more information.


Reforesting Veasey is crucial to preserving and restoring the native habitat. By planting indigenous trees, shrubs, and groundcover, we are creating a sustainable home for the creatures who live in the Veasey Forest. Dense plantings will provide food and shelter for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife, while also creating a beautiful and natural environment for visitors to enjoy.




Rewilding, returning the Veasey Forest to nature, provides a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about the importance of preserving natural habitats and the role they play in supporting local wildlife. Trails leading to a central gathering area will provide educational opportunities for visitors to learn about the plants and animals here at Veasey Park. The project also offers hands-on learning opportunities for volunteers to work side-by-side with Master Gardeners in this ambitious and exciting project.


Want to be part of this exciting effort to restore this beautiful forest habitat? Connect us with a sponsor, volunteer, or donate! Every bit helps. We understand your time and energy are important, which is why we have many ways for folks to get involved. We love to see our community learn, grow, and connect with the natural world and each other. Subscribe to the Rewilding blog for updates! For information on how to get involved, contact us at,, or text 518-209-4759.


Mail checks, memo "Rewilding," to the Friends of Veasey, PO BOX 177, Groveland, MA 01834

Coming soon: Sponsor a Tree program!

Support the revitalizing the beauty and biodiversity of local forests by making a one-time or recurring donation to cover the cost of planting one (or more!) tree(s). 

Learn more about native gardening, rewilding, pocket forests, & the Miyawaki Method.

Ayer, MA: Pocket Forests Project  
Cambridge, MA: Miyawaki Forest in Danehy Park   
Somerville, MA: Miyawaki Forest Planting Day and Urban Micro-Forest   
Aspetuck Land Trust's "Lunch & Learn: Miyawaki Method" presentation by Maya Dutta 
 Biodiversity for a Livable Climate 
 Composting Tips from the EPA
 Grow Native Massachusetts   
PLANT PAINT CROSS-POLLINATE project of Jenn Houle, Artist & Native Gardener   
 Pollinator Pathway's in Massachusetts 
"Rewilding 2022," Artwork by Julie C Baer 
Miyawaki Method for Creating Forests map 
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