Stow Grove Park Tree Maintenance to Begin in January

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Stow Grove Park Tree Maintenance to Begin in January
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Source: City of Goleta

Tree maintenance work at Stow Grove Park is scheduled to begin in January 2021. As part of the City’s maintenance efforts, numerous dead trees in the redwood grove will be removed and reused for park amenities such as picnic tables and benches. City of Goleta Parks and Open Space Manager George Thomson takes you on a tour of the grove in this video

“The Stow Grove Park redwoods are a unique and important part of Goleta’s urban forest and the upcoming maintenance work will ensure the grove will be enjoyed by future generations of park users,” said George Thomson.

To improve public safety and allow for new tree plantings, forty dead redwoods, one dead coral tree, and numerous dead pittosporum trees will be removed. Additional maintenance in the redwood grove will include updating the irrigation system and spreading mulch to improve water availability for the hundreds of mature redwoods originally planted in the 1930s. 

As part of the long-term maintenance plan for the grove, the City will also be planting approximately 75 young coastal redwoods and 25 incense cedars. In addition to the work planned for the redwood grove, approximately 40 trees along the eastern and southern perimeter of Stow Grove Park will be trimmed to remove dead branches and ivy. A consulting biologist will be performing wildlife surveys to ensure no impacts to wildlife occur during the work. 

The City’s Public Tree Advisory Commission reviewed the proposed work at their November 30, 2020, meeting. More details about the project are available in the staff report at

Please contact George Thomson, Parks and Open Space Manager, at 805-961-7578 or [email protected] with questions or concerns.

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a-1609972888 Jan 06, 2021 02:41 PM
Stow Grove Park Tree Maintenance to Begin in January

I visited Stow Grove for the first time in a while the other day. The gorgeous redwood grove is mostly dead now. It is so sad. Who was supposed to be maintaining these trees? City of Goleta? Coastal Redwood trees can live up to 1500 years. Apparently not here when being maintained by the city.
It's not climate. I have a couple of redwoods in my yard and they are fine as are the redwoods at the Stow House and Botanic Garden.

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