FALL 2014 Update

Downingtown FallFest - Sunday, September 28th, 12 to 4pm

Come on out and find out why this event grows bigger and better each year. Enjoy food, live music, crafts, performances, meet local businesses and organizations and relax in the Victory Beer Garden. We don’t have a booth number yet but we will be there!

For more details visit the Fall Fest web site.

Wyebrook Farm Tree Planting - Saturday, October 18th, 9 to 5pm

The bucolic scenery of Wyebrook Farm will be the backdrop for this planting along the “Headwaters” of the Brandywine in Honey Brook Township. Join us, Brandywine Conservancy, Victory Brewing Company and Wyebrook Farm as we plant a riparian buffer to ensure the quality of the Upper East Branch (and perhaps some of our favorite beers!) Who: Anyone who enjoys trees, dirt or doing a good deed.

When: Saturday,  October 18,  9 am to 5 pm        
Where: Wyebrook Farm 150 Wyebrook Rd Honey Brook, PA 19344   
Wear: Heavy shoes or boots, clothes that don't mind a little dirt.    
Bring: Shovel, hammer, gloves
Directions: http://wyebrookfarm.com/map-directions/

It helps to know who will attend, so if you can email me. If you haven’t visited Wyebrook Farm, don’t wait til October! Head over when you’re hungry and satisfy your appetite with their delicious and sustainable farm to table menu. Free Live music on Saturday afternoons! (I think reservations are suggested for weekend dinner.)

Take Action – Support New Riparian Buffer Legislation

Pennsylvania State Senator John Rafferty (44th Legislative District) has introduced legislation that seeks to improve the Commonwealth’s water quality by:

The proposed Riparian Buffer Protection Act, SB 1465, will only impact future development and would encourage a minimum 100-foot buffer for all streams, a minimum 300-foot buffer around Pennsylvania’s cleanest steams (those designated High Quality or Exceptional Value) as well as increased protections for streams listed as impaired by the state (streams that are failing to meet their water quality standards). The Upper East Branch is a High Quality stream. Read more about this at the Delaware Riverkeeper website and take action by signing a letter endorsing this legislation. .

SPRING 2014 Update

Tree Planting - Saturday, April 19 2014

Due to severe winter weather, the East Brandywine tree planting event has been changed from Saturday, April 5 to Saturday April 19th. Same time and location (see below)

Forests once covered 75 to 90 percent of the Brandywine watershed. Now only 28 percent of the watershed is forested. Help us restore the tree cover and tree vitalize our watershed!

Join us and our partner in planting, the Brandywine Conservancy, as we complete the last planting phase for the Rt. 282/Dowlin Forge site in East Brandywine Township. With only 600 trees to plant, this planting will take just a few hours to complete!

When: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9 am to 1 pm

Where: Rt. 282 (Creek Rd.) & Dowlin Forge Rd.

Wear: Heavy shoes or boots, gloves, clothes that don't mind a little dirt.

Bring: if you can - Shovel, hammer

It helps us to know who will attend, so if you can either call me at 610.883.7142 or email guardiansofthebrandywine@gmail.com.

Check out our "Winter in Our Watershed" photos on our Photo Gallery page.

Congratulations to Victory Brewing Company who recently received the prestigious 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Business Leadership Award!

Read the press release

FALL 2013 Update

October 26 - Tree Planting

Well, we're really getting good at this. As you can see, the trees planted in the spring along Creek and and Dowlin Forge Rds. are already popping through their tree shelters! In a few years time there will be a beautiful buffer of Native trees, including dogwood, redbud and sycamore, filtering water before it drains into the Upper East Branch.

And now we have another opportunity to improve riparian coverage along the Brandywine by planting 1400 trees in East Fallowfied Township on Saturday, Oct. 26, starting at 9am.

This will be a great event for high-school students to earn community service points and for college students interested in environmental sciences to get out of the classroom and get their hands dirty!!

The restoration site is along an intermittent tributary of Dennis Run, on land lying between Strasburg Rd. and Frog Hollow Rd. The creek at this juncture is classified as Impaired Waters by PA Department of Environmental Protection and will benefit with a strengthen riparian buffer. As an additional benefit to our environment, the trees will slow global warming by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide. On average, scientists have estimated that one tree can sequester approximately one ton of carbon in its lifetime.

No time requirement, stay as long as you can. It's always helpful to know how many hands to expect, so if you're interested send me an email at guardiansofthebrandywine@gmail.com or call at 610-883-7142.

Downington Fall Fest 2013 - Sunday Sept. 29, Noon to 4pm

Come out and visit our booth at this year's Fall Fest. We'd love to tell you about our work preserving the Upper East Branch. Fall Fest is held on E. Lancaster Avenue between Wallace Avenue and Green Street and it is a Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce event presented by Victory Brewing Company, in partnership with the Borough of Downingtown.

Fall Fest is a great way to connect and learn more about D'town! While enjoying the crisp fall weather, you can:

For more info on Fall Fest, click here.

Flower Power Fundraiser
Support Your Local Watershed!

Purchase daffodil, tulip, hyacinth and other spring blooming bulbs through Flower Power and 50% of the purchase price will be donated to the Guardians. Purchases are made online and orders will be shipped directly to the buyer.

Click here to view all bulb offerings and make a purchase.

Click here to read: Archived Updates from 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010

Our Mission

As our mission is to preserve the rural character of Wallace Township, our activities focus on the protection and enhancement of the waters and other natural resources of the Upper East Branch of the Brandywine Creek's Watershed, including all of its tributaries.

We believe that the mission requires us to educate the public about the quality of our natural resources and the quality of life enjoyed by our predecessors, and to further inform the public of the challenges to these qualities posed by the pressures of the twenty first century.

Preservation and maintenance of riparian buffers are at the top of the list of the subjects which the public must understand if the Brandywine waters and surrounding environs are to be preserved from deterioration. This entails hiring counsel and scientists to gather and analyze data, review planning and land use, and the study the environment.  Their findings are then conveyed to the community through Guardians’ educational outreach.

Guardians of the Brandywine, Inc. (“Guardians”) is a non-profit corporation and has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Public Charity.  Contributions to Guardians are tax deductible to U.S. taxpayers to the extent permitted by law.  Non-reimbursed expenses related to volunteer work with Guardians are tax deductible for volunteers who file itemized tax returns.  Speak with your tax preparer regarding taking tax deductions for your contributions or volunteer expenses.

Funds raised by the Guardians of the Brandywine, Inc. will be used to educate the public and protect the Brandywine within the restrictions of the IRS 501 (c) (3), relating to charitable contributions. We believe that the natural resources associated with the Brandywine Watershed are themselves incapable of political affiliation,we intend to see that our organization should also be without political affiliation. We expect to educate all who will hear our message about preservation and conservation of the Brandywine Watershed, regardless of anyone’s political affiliations.  As an organization, we have no political affiliation or involvement.

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Photography Contest

My Creek - The Beauty of the Brandywine

The purpose of the “My Creek – The Beauty of the Brandywine” project is to introduce people to the concept that they actually have an ownership interest in the Brandywine and that they have the right and the ability to protect the creek in the future. Equally important, we want people to come to realize that the Brandywine is worthy of their protection. It is absolutely beautiful…and it is yours!

Contest Ends May 15th

Links:
Website: www.MyCreek.org
Email address for the contest: mycreek.guardians@gmail.com
Contest Flickr Group is www.flickr.com/groups/mycreek/