The Village of Hawthorn Woods is pleased to receive the Governor’s Hometown Award in the category of Environmental Stewardship for volunteer efforts involving our Brierwoods Preserve Restoration Project.
The Governor’s Hometown Award program bestows formal recognition to those who contributed to projects that improved their community’s quality of life. These projects are sponsored by local units of government that had strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact, thereby generating a positive outcome in the community and, by extension, the state. The program is administered by the Serve Illinois Commission, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.
Brierwoods Preserve, mentioned in the Park Profile section below, was once an 11.5-acre thicket of overgrown vegetation. However, through the extensive clearing and planting efforts of our Village Parks Crew and a diverse group of dedicated volunteers, Brierwoods Preserve is now a sustainable woodland and wetland pollinator habitat. The preserve is open to the public and accessible to all mobilities, located within the Brierwoods subdivision.
The following volunteer groups participated in the preserve’s restoration efforts:
Girl Scout Troop #1409, Boy Scout Troop #92 along with six Eagle Scout candidates, Fox Tribe Indian Princesses, Aqua Illinois, Rotary Club of Long Grove/Kildeer/Hawthorn Woods, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Greenest Region Corps, and the Hawthorn Woods in Bloom Committee.
The Village of Hawthorn Woods would like to extend our deepest, heartfelt appreciation to our many volunteers and congratulate all of you for being recognized for your tireless efforts in receiving the Governor’s Hometown Award!