May 22, 2019
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — The Chesterfield County Arboretum, located on the Chesterfield County Government Complex, has been awarded a Level I accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. There are only eight Level I accredited arboreta in Virginia, including Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery and Colonial Williamsburg.
The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity and professionalism. Chesterfield County Arboretum is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.
The 580-arce Chesterfield County Arboretum was established in 2019, and includes an engaging urban orchard and tree walk. The signage on the arboretum plants are linked to an online database so that those walking through have easy access to detailed information. Visitors can simply scan the QR codes on the signs to learn things like the history of the tree and details on how it grows.
“The Chesterfield County Arboretum will be a vehicle for education on trees in the urban environment,” said Lisa Ferrel, Chesterfield Buildings and Grounds ISA Certified Arborist. “Through the QR codes on the signage, there is instant access to information about the tree that was scanned.”
This accreditation would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Chesterfield Department of General Services Buildings and Grounds Division Horticulture Shop, who cares for, improves and maintains the grounds on the Government Complex. They are responsible for all maintenance, planting, care and removal of trees, as well as upholding the standards of the accreditation, with the goal of increasing canopy coverage, providing an educational experience for residents on the benefit of trees and plants, improving water quality and decreasing the area of managed turf.
“ArbNet accreditation validates the hard work and dedication of individuals focused on saving, restoring, and enhancing the economic, aesthetic, and biological value of our community,” says Mike Likins, Chesterfield County’s cooperative extension director.
ArbNet is an interactive, collaborative, international community of arboreta that facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience, and other resources to help arboreta meet their goals while simultaneously raising professional standards through their accreditation program, which is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta based on a set of professional standards, offering four levels of accreditation.