HAWTHORN WOODS, Ill. – The Village of Hawthorn Woods announced today that it has received the Governor’s Hometown Award in the category of Environmental Stewardship, for volunteer efforts involving the village’s Brierwoods Preserve Restoration Project.
Brierwoods Preserve, located at 28 Bruce Circle North in Hawthorn Woods, was once an 11.5-acre thicket of overgrown vegetation. However, through the extensive clearing and planting efforts of the Hawthorn Woods 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. It includes walking trails, picnic areas, an observation deck overlooking a wetland area and educational signage throughout.
The Governor’s Hometown Award program bestows formal recognition to projects that improved a 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.
Several 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.