An old Chinese proverb says “One generation plants a tree; the next sits in its shade.” On early morning of April 13th, 2013, 34 China ECLPs, family members and co-workers gathered in both Shanghai QingPu district and Beijing FangShan district to plant trees. This event is not only in response to the GE Global Giveback initiative, but also contributes to improving air quality and the living environment in China!
Volunteers from GE (48 including 8 children) worked with Glenwood Gardens staff (7) to install 720 seedling trees ranging in size from 18” to 5’over a 4 hour period on Saturday morning, April 27th. The trees were installed in two primary park locations, an area bounded by the main entry to Glenwood to the north and by Riddle Road to the south. Approximately 250 to 300 of the seedling trees were installed along this area that is adjacent to Springfield Pike. Most species installed were small native trees such as hazelnut, dogwood, redbud, papaw, hawthorn, and serviceberry. Other species included black gum, sycamore, swamp white oak, and yellow poplar on the western center to edge of the land area. The second planting area continues the re-foresting of a parcel in the exhibit meadow and path below Highfield Discovery Garden. Approximated 425 to 450 seedling trees were planted in an area that three years ago was nearly a total understory of invasive bush honeysuckle.
Who: Hsin Ying Lee, ECLP Class of 2014, Capital, China
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