This is a marvelous project.
We moved, 37 years ago, to a farmhouse on two acres. There were very few trees apart from two tall maples on either side of the drive, and most of the land was planted in hay. We began putting in trees and shrubs the next spring, some just slips from the state Extension service and others specifically bought, and two Lindens (good bee trees) from a friend's yard who said they weren't city trees?? We watched the back two thirds of the land go from field, to shrub/scrub to young forest stage with plenty of understory. There's a windbreak on the west side which our neighbor admires from his house across the field. Around the house we planted a sycamore which now brings welcome shade to the back of the house along with trees for for each of our dogs and shrubs for our cats - the cremains are planted with each, and a few apple trees.
We've been privileged to watch the wildlife return too - we found a fox den near the house after a two week trip one spring - which confined our unhappy dog to the backyard until the kits were raised and gone. The birds have formed a steady progression along with the trees. We've gone from Field Sparrows, Dickssisels and Bob-o-Links to Catbirds and Brown Thrashers, along with Orchard and Baltimore Orioles. Purple Martins, Bluebirds, Tree Swallows and House Wrens use the bird houses, along with the usual Robins, Mourning Doves, Red Wing Blackbirds, Grackles and resident Cardinals, and migrants which stop by each spring and fall. The birds have contributed their own plants, Redoiser Dogwoods, Elderberries, wild Currents, Grapevine and Virginia Creeper, to name a few, and an abundance of Mulberries.
Last month the Gov dedicated The COVID-19 pandemic Memorial Grove, a small grove of native trees, planted at a state park near the first capitol.https://www.wkbn.com/news...onor-victims-of-covid-19/
I'd rather see projects like this, and The Queen's Green Canopy than any memorials in stone.
Off the soapbox now.