If you've had a chance to pass Ridgecroft on Highway 11 over the last year, you've probably noticed we are no longer surrounded by trees and shrubs. At the end of last school year, the decision was made to cut all the timber and begin a new landscaping project along the front side of campus. This decision was made based on a number of different reasons.
To begin, the trees surrounding school were extremely mature, most dating back 100 years old. The trees were preexisting when school broke ground nearly 50 years ago. T
he mature roots were causing cracks in the sidewalk, parking lot and in the foundation of the main building. There were also excessive amounts of leaves and limbs getting stuck on the roof, causing damage and leading to expensive clean up efforts. In addition, the trees were creating issues with our internet connection, septic tank, electrical lines and water lines. We also wanted people who are not associated with Ridgecroft to be able to drive pass campus and see all that we have to offer: athletic fields, Revelle Gym, PreK building, etc.
We also cleared trees on the right side of the road as you travel along Highway 11 towards Murfreesboro before you approach the Country Club Road intersection. These trees had reached their maximum growth age of approximately 130 years old and were past the point of needing to be cut. This area will be bedded and replanted with cost-share money. Over the next few months, the trees behind the gym and baseball field will also thinned and taken away from school through the back side of the property to avoid damaging the parking lot.
The last 12 months have been extremely wet, but we are hoping this summer will stay dry enough for us to complete the project
by leveling the land and planting grass seed in the front of the school.
This project has been made possible by a group of Ridgecroft families who donated all the tree removal, stump removal and grading work. We are so appreciative of those who have contributed their time and resources to help ensure we maximize our property, establish a profitable timber rotation and remain a safe campus for our students and staff.