Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee

The vision of the  Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee (TESC) is to establish partnerships with citizens, business owners, and other stakeholders to plan and implement measurable environmentally responsible and sustainable initiatives for Purcellville and our nation. The TESC is currently looking for members! To submit an application, please click here.

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Establishing a Mini-Forest in Purcellville - Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant 2024

Help Purcellville Plant a Mini-Forest!The Town of Purcellville and its Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee are pleased to announce that the town is a recipient of the Virginia Trees for Clean Water grant, issued by the Virginia Department of Forestry. The funds will be used to establish a mini-forest on Town-owned property located on South 20th Street. The Virginia Department of Forestry awarded the Town $12,315 for the project. The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is supporting the Town with the project.

The project team will use protocol that was developed and refined over 4 decades by late Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, and has been implemented in cities around the world. It includes planting native trees, shrubs, and herbs at a high density in fertile soil to promote rapid growth. The first phase of the project will include developing a detailed plan, preparing the area, recruiting volunteers, establishing a water source, and purchasing native plants. Phase two will include planting the mini-forest. This will be on Saturday October 5, which is the first day of the annual week-long event called Celebrate Purcellville.

The project will engage residents, community groups, students, and scouts to help plant and maintain the native trees, shrubs, and perennials; transform a field into a species-rich native forest to strengthen the health of the ecosystem; and encourage environmental education, recreation, and stewardship. 

To volunteer with the planting day on October 5, sign up online!


Planting? Here is Information about What to Plant...and What NOT to Plant!

The Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee has updated the prohibited plant species list for the Town of Purcellville. This volunteer committee has also provided resources below about native plants that are great for your gardening projects, along with Plant and Wildlife Image for Websiteresources about invasive plants. Please consult these as you plan your garden or other plantings.

Native Plant Lists (do plant)
Invasive Plant Lists (don't plant)


Planting Trees? Be Sure to Mulch the Proper Way!

The information below was created as part of the Virginia Trees for Clean Water grant the town won in 2021. Please be sure to follow these directions for mulching your trees!

Mulching Trees

Hail to the Trail 

The Town of Purcellville's Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee hosts the annual Hail to the Trail--Purcellville's Green Expo at the Chapman DeMary Trail. In 2024, it will be held September 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. Get more information on the Hail to the Trail - Purcellville Green Expo section of the Events and Activities page. Follow the Hail to the Trail Facebook page.

Hail to the Trail Banner 2024


Increasing the Diversity of Trees at the Suzanne R. Kane Nature Preserve - Virginia Trees for Clean Water Project 2021

The Town of Purcellville received a Virginia Trees for Clean Water Grant issued by the Virginia Department of Forestry in 2021. Through the project, the town planted trees at the Suzanne R. Kane Nature Preserve to help maintain and improve the habitat, increase the number of native species in the area, and improve water quality so the preserve continues to provide the food, water, shelter, and shade necessary for native wildlife to thrive. The tree plantings were held in the spring and the fall, and completed with the help of volunteers. Watch a video of the plantings with a segment about the value of trees and tips for planting trees shared by Jim McGlone, Urban Forest Conservationist with the Virginia Department of Forestry. The Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee (TESC) also hosted a series of workshops about trees. Jordan Herring, Senior Area Forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry, led each of the three workshops. Additional efforts conducted through this project included flyers, signage, and online outreach through the Town’s website and social media.

Restoring the Riparian Buffer at the Chapman DeMary Trail - Virginia Trees for Clean Water Project 2018

The Town of Purcellville is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of the annual Virginia Trees for Clean Water grant issued by the Virginia Department of Forestry. The project is to restore the riparian buffer at the Chapman DeMary Trail, a 10-acre area that runs along the South Fork Catoctin Creek, part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Town of Purcellville holds the conservation easement for this privately-owned property. The native trees we planted included: black cherry, river birch, sycamore, and willow oak.

   What is a Riparian Buffer?

According to the Virginia Department of Forestry website, a riparian buffer is a “streamside forest” with plants that line waterways to protect them from the impacts of surrounding land use. The functions of riparian buffers include:

  • Slowing flood waters and reducing the volume of water through root absorption.
  • Improving water quality by filtering runoff and promoting sediment deposition.
  • Allowing water storage in plant roots and providing pathways to groundwater layers.
  • Providing canopy cover which shades and cools the stream, improving habitat conditions for instream organisms (fish, salamanders, frogs, etc.). This shade also provides relief from extreme heat for terrestrial animals.
  • Providing habitat for a variety of birds and small mammals. These buffers also act as corridors to similar habitat, providing food, shelter and nesting sites.

Riparian areas also provide great opportunities for recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, bird-watching, picnicking and camping.


TESC collage for website