Grants fund Becker College greenspace
Published on: May 21, 2019
Becker College has received a grant from The Nathaniel Wheeler Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee in support of creating a community greenspace on the College’s Worcester Campus. The funds have been used to purchase flowering trees and shrubs to beautify the space that was previously the site of the Worcester Tennis Club on Sever Street, which the College purchased in 2014.
The project has also received support from the Massachusetts State Grange in 2018 to create three special gardens: a pollinator garden that creates a microenvironment in which pollinators can thrive, a butterfly garden, and a raised bed herb garden. The City of Worcester also helped to obtain material to create the foundation of the greenspace. The greenspace will be used to host events, display projects, and serve as a place where the entire community can learn about nature and relax.
“Creating a space where not only our students, but also our community can come together has been a priority for the college,” said Nancy P. Crimmin, Ed.D., president of Becker College. “We are honored to be chosen for this grant, which will promote our efforts to beautify the community around campus for the benefit of all. In fact, this will be the only privately owned greenspace on the west side of the city.”
The Nathaniel Wheeler Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee grant has been used to purchase several trees, including cherry and dogwood as well as several shrubs including hydrangeas, forsythia, and a Highbush Cranberry.
Becker College plans for an official opening this fall.