PURCELLVILLE, Va., September 14, 2022 — Join the Purcellville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Tree and Environment Sustainability Committee for a free nature walk about trees and the various ways to identify them. This walk will be held at the Chapman DeMary Trail on Sunday, September 25 starting at 1 p.m. The guide for this walk is Carol Ivory, a Loudoun County Master Gardener and Loudoun County Tree Steward. As she guides attendees along the Chapman DeMary Trail, Ms. Ivory will show how to use leaves, bark, branches, and fruit to identify trees and other woody plants, then share information about the trees. Ms. Ivory was part of a volunteer team that identified trees in this 10-acre area, then researched and provided information about them to share with all who visit the trail. Register online to attend this walk.
The Chapman DeMary Trail is a 10-acre area considered to be the last stand of old-growth forest in the Town of Purcellville. It runs along the South Fork Catoctin Creek, part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The area is open to the public for environmental recreation, exploration, and education. The Town of Purcellville holds the conservation easement for this privately-owned property. The entrance and parking for the Chapman DeMary Trail is behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road in Purcellville.
Learn more and register online on the Monthly Nature Walks page in the Events and Activities section of the Town of Purcellville’s website at www.PurcellvilleVa.gov.
The Town of Purcellville, Virginia
“Purcellville-your small Town, where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” is an award-winning town of approximately 10,000 residents located in Loudoun County, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, DC. Having received the 2021 Virginia Municipal League Innovation Award for Environmental Sustainability and in years past, the prestigious Siemens Sustainability Award for Small Communities, Purcellville continues to be honored for innovation and green initiatives. The Town most recently received the Tree City USA Award for the 14th consecutive year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and was ranked “Safest City” in Virginia in 2020. Once a stop along the W&OD rail line, which has been converted to a multi-use trail from Alexandria, VA to Purcellville, the Town has maintained its historic old-town feel through the restoration and maintenance of its many downtown structures, reflecting the Victorian architecture popular during the early 1900s. Today, Purcellville is the economic hub of western Loudoun County and a popular weekend destination for antiquing, equestrian activities, farmer’s markets, wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants. More info at www.purcellvilleva.gov.