Kingwood native Clay Lawson has 250 trees to plant in Trailwood Village — and he would like help planting them.
The tree planting, officially known as Trees for Trailwood, is set for Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Trailwood Village Pool Park. It is the grand finale celebrating the 50th birthday of Trailwood Village, Kingwood’s first village.
“This is a family-friendly event,” said Lawson, who is president of the Trailwood Village Community Association which is sponsoring the celebration. “Our goal is to plant 250 trees throughout Trailwood Village parks and greenbelts.”
Lawson and the board want this to be a community event and are encouraging Trailwood Village families to help plant the trees Nov. 6, the day after Texas Arbor Day, always the first Friday in November, “ … and always the best time to plant trees in Lake Houston,” Lawson said.
A bonus for participating is that Lawson and the association board will give away 75 trees to Trailwood residents who are willing to plant them in their own yards.
The trees that Lawson and the Trailwood family will plant come from Trees for Houston, a nonprofit agency founded in 1983 that has grown, planted, and maintained thousands of trees across the greater Houston region, now including Kingwood.
“We’ll be replacing the less desirable Chinese Tallow, which is known as the most invasive plant species in this area because they grow rapidly and quickly dominate and overtake wherever they are,” explained Lawson.
What kind of trees will be planted? The board brought in Mickey Merritt, regional community forester with the Texas A&M Forest Service, and based on his recommendations, Trailwood will be overflowing with American elms, American sycamore, bald cypress, live oak, loblolly pine, red maple, shumard oak, pecan, crepe myrtle, redbud, dogwood and river birch,
The tree planting is the culmination of multiple events the board organized to recreate a sense of community among Trailwood residents.
“We moved here in 1974 when I was 18 months old, so I really haven’t known any other place,” said Lawson. Both he and his wife, Mimi, grew up in Kingwood, graduated from Kingwood High, spent time in downtown Houston and on the west side before returning to Kingwood to raise their family.
“When we were growing up, there were just a couple of villages, one middle school and one high school. So much smaller,” he recalled. “Chances were, you knew everyone you saw.”
Lawson and the board want to recreate that feeling of community, so they invested $136,000 in refreshing the Trailwood pool and park. They celebrated in September with an end of summer party at the pool serving fresh-off-the-grill hot dogs and Popsicles. They followed that Oct. 5 with a National Night Out at the Pool event, serving “lite bites” and hosting local first responders.
Lawson remembers when he and his friends rode their bikes on the circular cement enclosure at Village Green Park that once surrounded a fountain. The fountain is long gone and many of the trees were lost during the 2011 drought, but the board — and Trailwood Village residents — will be reforesting the area with three-gallon trees.
Volunteers also will reforest Trailwood Pool Park, Tangle Lake Park, the common areas along Woodland Hills Drive, the greenbelt corridor and the yards of residents and homeowners who volunteer to plant the free trees in their own yards.
“We want to restore that community feeling that so many of us remember while we restore the forest — the livable forest that Kingwood is known for,” said Lawson.
Join the fun planting trees Nov. 6, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign up to plant a couple of trees, then take one home, trailwoodvillage.org/news.