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Mill Creek Community Tree Planting this Friday, March 29


Metro Public Works, Metro Tree Advisory Committee, United Parcel Service, Keep America Beautiful to Hold Mill Creek Community Tree Planting Friday March 29

Through a community service tree planting project, fifty trees will be planted on March 29 in the Orchard Bend Park, located within the Mill Creek watershed, by United Parcel Service employees.

  • Who:
    • Metro Public Works and Metro Tree Advisory Committee
    • Jennifer Smith, Metro Horticulturist
    • United Parcel Service, LaShanda Guillory, UPS Mid-South HR Supervisor
  • What: Community Tree Planting and Tree Planting Demonstration
  • When: Friday, March 29 2019, 12:00 Noon
  • Where: Orchard Bend Park, 5605 Pettus Road, Antioch, 37013

The intent of this tree planting is to help with both the air and noise pollution that the nearby natural gas compressor station will emit once it is completed. Other benefits for the Mill Creek riparian area include improving the health of the creek and to provide shade to those who walk on its greenway. The tree plantings will be in the new Orchard Bend Park located in the Antioch area. This is a 50 acre park featuring soccer fields and a greenway that circles the property. It will officially open this summer.

Metro Public Works and the Metro Tree Advisory Committee are pleased to be a recipient of this Keep America Beautiful and the United Parcel Service Community Tree Planting grant. It is an honor to be one of seventeen cities to receive this national award which has been made possible through the UPS Foundation.

“Since 2003, UPS is honored to have worked with Keep America Beautiful, an organization whose mission is to inspire and educate people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “The UPS Foundation also advocates for creating more resilient communities. Through our Global Forestry Initiative, we plan to fund the planting of 15 million trees by the end of 2020. Awarding these grants to Keep America affiliates helps us make a real impact on environmental issues.”

“Trees have a positive impact on air quality by absorbing pollutant gases and filtering particulate matter out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark,” notes Metro Horticulturist Jennifer Smith. “We are pleased that Nashville was chosen for this award for the fifth year in a row and appreciate the local UP office for providing enthusiastic, can-do employees to plant the trees. “These trees will help improve air quality and add to the preservation of the Mill Creek Watershed.”

Before the volunteers begin, a tree planting demonstration will be held to review the proper way to plant a tree.