Pictured here is one of the recent additions to the Hilton Dr. campus. It’s a tree nursery.
Strange? Not at all. With bad winter weather and various tree-killing bugs in the last several years, the total campus (Heights and NDA) has lost nearly 50 trees. The sign on the enclosure makes the joint effort clear. Several people from both communities are engaged in the endeavor as well as a number of outsiders interested in reforestation. This fall may see more transplanting of young trees, but these babies won’t be in the running. They will need a few more years in the nursery before “going to school” or convent.
Here’s what Mr. Joseph Gray of NDA faculty has to say in the Panda Press Newsletter:
“We are developing a long-range plan to reforest the Heights and Notre Dame Academy properties and to develop an educational program to create an “arboretum” styled somewhat after the arboretum in Boone County on Camp Ernst road.”
This is part of the pursuit of quality in the environment that is inherent in SND and NDA heritage. Our physical environment determines so much in our lives and demands our attention and respect. That’s all it takes to be valued by us here at 1699 Hilton Dr.