Work Party Nov 15 + Nov 16

Peaks Mill Work Party to Remove Invasive Plants
Friday, November 15

The Remove Invasives Partnership (RIP) of Franklin County and local residents will be hosting a work party to remove non native bush honeysuckle and other invasive plants from Peaks Mill.  Invasive plants can kill trees and other native vegetation that are critical sources of food and habitat for bees, birds, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. Everyone is welcome to join this community effort to maintain a healthy environment for people as well as the plants and animals originally found in this area. 

Meet/park at Isabelle Thompson’s house, 29 Stillhouse Hollow Road.  Wear gloves and appropriate clothing.  You will learn how to identify invasives species and hear about the best techniques for removal.  Questions or more information, call Hannah Helm at 859-421-9512.

Saturday, November 16
9:30am — noon
117 Admirals Landing, Frankfort

Does anyone remember Melodye Park?  Acquired and developed by Louis Horwitz in the late 1930’s, it was Frankfort’s first public park.  Horwitz named it for his daughter.  He owned and operated the nine-acre park and spent his own funds to create fish ponds, boat docks, a waterfall, stone paths, fountains and gardens.  Two pagodas were built large enough so that people could attend dances and concerts and enjoy the beauty of the Kentucky River.  The park was open to the public at no charge.  Closed after extensive flood damage in the 1950’s, the property was subdivided and homes were built.  

Traces of the park still exist and we will be working with one landowner who would like to uncover the remnants on his land at 117 Admiral’s Landing.  Greg Isaacs invites fellow weed warriors to learn how to identify and then clear the winter creeper and bush honeysuckle, Japanese knotweed and Chinese yam that threaten the health of the riparian habitats and the stabilization of the river bank.  

Come prepared to work as we will be clearing invasive plants from around trees and other areas. Work for all abilities and ages will be provided. Please dress appropriately.