- On October 8, 2019
Over 150 community members joined BACT for a beautiful Oaktober Fest family planting day at Far Field Nature Preserve located at the corner of Lake Cook and Old Sutton Roads in Barrington Hills. For this 4th annual Oaktober Fest, participants planted 75 native trees and shrubs on the northern edge of the property and enjoyed live music from the band “Beamish.” This is part of BACT’s effort with the Chicago Region Trees Initiative to remove and replace woody invasive species such as buckthorn.
Other activities included The Care of Trees – tree planting demonstration, Lake County Audubon Society – booth highlighting the Oak Woodland Recovery and the Red Headed Woodpecker, Mane In Heaven – miniature therapy horse, Girl Scout project focusing on milkweed and free oak tree give away – provided by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and the Village of Barrington Hills.
Thank you to the Barrington Breakfast Rotary, Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation and The Garden Club of Barrington for their grant support to help in our restoration efforts at Far Field. Besides providing grant support, many members from the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club came out to help. As one Rotarian stated, “This day was the nicest party and I enjoyed working with many high school kids; outdoor, healthy and great for the next generation.”