100 Trees for One Hundred Years Campaign

Over 80 years ago, the state completed purchase of parkland for Sherwood Island State Park.  Millions have enjoyed the trees which shade their family picnics, offer quiet enjoyment or frame stunning water views.  Park shrubs and grasses also have been an integral part of this natural beauty.

Now, the beautiful landscape in this park needs our help. Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, as well as more recent storms, swept through the Connecticut coastline and devastated many trees on this peninsula.  Iconic trees still standing, which have shaded many years of summer joy at Sherwood Island, need replacement for safety.     

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Planting shrubs and grasses will sustain wildlife habitat, foster dune restoration, and enhance the park’s built environment.

Tree Project Accomplishments

9/11 Memorial: Visitors come rear round to Connecticut’s 9/11 Memorial, set at the center point on the Sherwood Island shoreline, a distinctive skyline framed by trees.  Landscaping destroyed in the storms has been replaced with juniper trees, surrounded by northern bayberry bushes.

Pavilion Picnic Area:  Small flowering trees and shrubs have been included in the area surrounding the Pavilion, newly renovated by the state.

West Grove, Entrance Welcome & Dunes: Generous donations enabled the Friends to begin replacing lost or damaged trees in the West Beach grove area. Volunteers have planted native grasses at the main entrance and along a section of East Beach, to foster dune restoration.

Help Us Restore Landscapes in the Park

In the West Grove area, where many gather at shaded picnic tables overlooking the Sound, we need to replace large trees destroyed by storms and anticipate the removal of historic trees nearing the end of their life span.  The Friends plan to plant substantial size trees, including sturdy maples and oaks.

At the Nature Center, hub for summertime environmental education in the park, the Friends and community volunteers will plant appropriate small trees and shrubs, fostering awareness of wildlife habitat needs.

What can you do?

• Volunteer for a “planting” day
• Attend a tree planting workshop
• Help clear sites for bush/grasses
• Work on fencing/ tree wrapping
• Participate in soil testing
• Identify/remove invasive species
• Map current tree population
• Assist in Habitat area fencing

Our Park Supervisor and DEEP staff are involved and have volunteered their professional expertise for this effort.

How to Contribute

You can make a donation of any amount to support the campaign.  Celebration Trees: Sponsor a tree or shrubs to honor a loved one, or to recognize a special occasion or accomplishment.  Sponsorships start at $100 and have included donations of $1,000 or more.

Donations can be sent to: Friends of Sherwood Island State Park

                                          Attn: 100 Trees Project

                                          P.O. Box 544

                                         Westport CT 06881

Pavilion Tree Mosaic

Artist Claudia Schattman has created a stunning Tree Mosaic to celebrate the trees of Sherwood Island, which can be found on the long Pavilion wall.  Plaques are under design to complement the mosaic and recognize individual, family or group tree and shrub sponsors.

Tree Project Sponsorship

100 Trees for One Hundred Years is sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island State Park, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.  All plantings become the property of the State of Connecticut, and donations will be tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. 

Our Park Supervisor and DEEP staff are involved and have volunteered their professional expertise for this effort.