Master Gardeners are afforded the opportunity to work on a wide variety of county projects with our residents. On this project, two of our residents were handsome, really big, and four-legged.
The Dover Police Mounted Patrol is a partnership between Officer Caproni and Rasa a black Percheron weighing 1600 pounds and standing 16.3 hands tall and Officer Murch and CJ a Belgian standing 17.2 hands tall and weighing in at 1,800 pounds.
They patrol our neighborhoods, backup other police needs, work crowd control, reach out to our residents, and are wonderful goodwill ambassadors for our town. They are one of only three mounted patrols in the state of New Hampshire.
Currently, the Dover Police Mounted Patrol does not receive tax funding and relies on our community for funds and volunteers.
They provided the perfect containers which were stock tanks that were leaking but worked well for planters that need good drainage.
Two Strafford County Master Gardeners provided the gardening power to fill the containers with a nice loam and compost mix and plantings that included perennials and red, white and blue petunias. All plants were labeled for visitors’ education.
Community projects come in all shapes and sizes. This was a small project for a couple of big customers.
Submitted by: Judy V., MG since 2007
Second and Third photo credit goes to Friends of Dover Police Mounted Patrol.