Trees Are A Big Part Of Colleyville’s Growing Appeal.
In 1989, when David Bagwell first considered developing luxury home neighborhoods in Northeast Tarrant County, he found Colleyville’s many virtues to be especially compelling. Uppermost were its excellent schools, well-run local government, and an advantageous locale. He also realized that the city’s geology, unique to it and small portions of North Texas nearby, could be exploited to imbue each new Bagwell Company neighborhood with special appeal. Unlike Dallas and Fort Worth, which are built on the North Texas prairie, Colleyville is located in the Eastern Cross Timbers, a long, narrow undulating strip of once dense forest stretching from near the Red River to just north of Waco. Though much of this ancient forest was cleared for farmland during the late 1800s, wooded remnants and the underlying fertile, acidic soil remain.
|Seen here in the midst of its change to fall color, this is a fine example of the specially selected trees David Bagwell Company plants in its neighborhoods and in other public venues throughout Colleyville.
Ashmore, Bagwell’s first residential development in Colleyville, set in motion his company’s plan to gradually restore the sylvan qualities of the Colleyville areas where he developed, as opportunities arose. Taking full advantage of open areas and residents’ spacious grounds, he turned Ashmore into a veritable arboretum. Boasting more species of oak, maple, and pine trees than the Dallas Arboretum and the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens combined, as well as interesting bosks of native trees that neither have, this now wooded neighborhood has grown more compelling with each passing year.
“We’ve found the benefits of tree planting immeasurable. Each year we intensify our own tree planting and promote the planting of trees in our own neighborhoods, around Colleyville, and in adjacent communities. Beyond the aesthetic contribution trees make to homeowners’ yards and neighborhoods in general, trees play an important ecological role, as we learned in elementary school. Through photosynthesis, carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and oxygen returned to it. Additionally, as we’ve recently seen, extensive tree planting provides the community as a whole special distinction and adds long lasting value.”
In this latter regard, Bagwell is referring to the visceral effect that Colleyville’s trees have on visitors and potential new citizens, especially when contrasted with the bald prairie communities nearby in North Texas. Indeed, trees have become a unique selling point for his developments and the city at large.
“Homebuyers eagerly embrace the ennobling benefits of our aggressive tree planting and landscaping efforts,” remarked Cindy Brazil, David Bagwell’s colleague. “They also recognize the increasing dividend to owners in our neighborhoods from our investment in trees, as property values have grown right along with the specimen trees that grace yards and common areas.”
Bagwell’s tree planting campaign hasn’t been limited to his developments. Through the years, his company has planted a small forest of trees in city parks, at local fire stations, on school grounds, and around other public facilities, including City Hall. Furthermore, he has organized large-scale events that promote the planting and proper maintenance of trees by individual owners. Now in its fourth year, his annual Free Tree Jamboree has presented area citizens thousands of small trees that are proven to thrive in the Eastern Cross Timbers. Many of these free trees were grown from acorns collected in the area and nurtured in Bagwell’s nurseries. Additionally, the company sponsors a new, similarly motivated springtime event it calls the “Arbor Day Give Away”, as well as an ongoing “Wild About Colleyville” wildflower planting initiative.
Residents of Colleyville aren’t the only ones who are taking notice of Bagwell’s tree planting largesse. American in Bloom, a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification programs and personal and community involvement through the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements, recently recognized Colleyville’s conservation and beautification efforts with its Special Mention Award among cities with a population of 15,000 to 25,000. Colleyville took top honors in the categories of urban forestry and tidiness.
When asked about the recognition, a city official remarked that, without the David Bagwell Company’s passion and drive for trees as an essential part of the community, this award would not have happened.
Bagwell responded, “Recognition like that bestowed on Colleyville by America In Bloom encourages my associates and me to continue sharing the joy of tree planting and proclaiming the enrichment that individually and collectively we derive from it. We are grateful for the opportunity perceptive property owners and community leaders provide us to work in concert with them to realize the compounding long-term benefits of tree planting in Colleyville.”
If you’re interested in experiencing the joy David has alluded to, you’re in luck. He’s currently in the midst of a month-long Free Tree Jamboree. During the “Tree Jam”, you may reserve free trees for your yard by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will subsequently be contacted by a David Bagwell Company representative, maybe even David himself, to discuss your needs, the trees available, and to let you know when and where to pick up your small trees.