Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 4, 2013

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Giveaway helps many trees grow

Tree planters throughout the Ashland area have planted thousands of seedings obtained via Ashland Tree Board’s seedlings giveaway, held on National Arbor Day (April 26) in Central Park.

Someone, whose name I‚Äącannot recall, said that planting a tree is one of the most unselfish acts a person can perform yes.

These little seedlings will, in time while growing, perform valuable service as for example, when planted on creek or river banks and hillsides stop erosion or seepage.

Some will grow in yards for shade and beauty all the while cleaning the air we breathe. Any locale will be improved because they are planted there.

May thanks to the park attendants who set up our working facility every year. It’s always ready and waiting for us to move in.

This project would be impossible to implement without the assistance of our partner: the students and faculty at Ashland Community and Technical College.

 Many volunteer their time to fill hundreds of orders. Workers come and go as their schedules permit. Professors Mark Swetnam and Ben Harman organized the shifts which worked very effectively.

The seedlings are kept in buckets of water until given away the water becomes muddy from the soil clinging to the roots.

Handling them would be a really messy undertaking were it not for the bags Kroger gives us each year. They are a great help in managing these wet muddy little trees.

The giveaway was successful. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

We’ll see you next year.

Joyce Welch, chairperson, The Ashland Tree Board, Ashland

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