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Volunteers Replace Trees Damaged by Winter Storms

Photo provided by Keep Irving Beautiful

Irving—If you stroll along O’Connor Road just north of Highway 183, you are sure to notice a welcome greenery addition to the path. On March 2, Abbott Laboratories employees partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) and the city of Irving Urban Forestry Team to plant 21 trees, a mix of cedar elm, bur oak, red oak and pecan.

The treeswere funded from corporate donations from Northrop Grumman and Mentor Texas.The newly planted treesreplaced ash trees in the area, which were irreparably damaged by last year’s prolonged freezing temperatures of the winter storms.

Prior to planting the trees, eight Abbott volunteers received safety instructions from KIB staff, followed by a training from the Irving Urban Forestry Team. Volunteers learned the importance of root preparation, planting at the proper depth, benefits of mulching, and why certain trees were planted in the shadier areas and others in full sun. After training, participants worked in small groups to plant the trees, providing a total of 24 hours of service.

A crew from Irving Community Television Network (ICTN) captured the action of the day’s activities and interviewed volunteers and staff for a feature story.

“Abbott Laboratories is a new partner for us,” KIB board member Jim Scrivner said. “They did an outstanding job today.This is another great example of the partnerships that KIB is so thankful for.We had three different corporate groups contributing to the success of this project, as well as the City of Irving Parks and Recreation and Communications departments. The end result is an even more beautiful walkway for our residents to enjoy.”

SOURCE Keep Irving Beautiful