11th Street Bridge, Riverdside Neighborhoods to Plant 45 Trees

Sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation
Wilmington, Del. (Feb. 28, 2007) – The Delaware Center for Horticulture (DCH), whose mission is to cultivate greener communities, today announced that 45 bare root trees will be planted by volunteers in Northeast Wilmington’s 11th Street Bridge and Riverside neighborhoods. This project is made possible, in part, by a $13,670.00 grant from The Home Depot Foundation and the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). DCH will provide the trees, tools, and materials with which the community will be able to create greener, healthier neighborhoods. DCH is a member of ACT’s nationwide NeighborWoods Network.

Tree planting activities will take place as follows:
* Saturday, March 24, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.-volunteers planting approximately 30 trees, followed by celebratory picnic. (Activities will held at and around the Kingswood Community Center-2300 Bowers Street, Wilmington)
DCH Director of Programs, Gary Schwetz, affirmed that “Probably no neighborhood in Delaware has more to gain from the ecosystem services provided by trees, from summer heat island cooling to removing year-around dust and soot – the residents of Northeast Wilmington and every community within the City deserve to have their living environs improved with tree plantings.”
“The Home Depot Foundation is pleased to be a funding partner with The Delaware Center for Horticulture,” said Kelly Caffarelli, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. “Our foundation works with affordable housing and tree-planting organizations across the country to promote livable and healthy communities. By forming partnerships with these organizations, we are furthering our shared mission of creating stronger, more sustainable neighborhoods.”
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot by providing additional resources to assist nonprofit organizations building affordable, efficient, and healthy homes throughout the United States and Canada. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to creating healthy, livable communities through the integration of affordable housing built responsibly and the preservation and restoration of community trees. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $25 million to nonprofit and government organizations throughout North America. For more information, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
The mission of the Delaware Center for Horticulture is to improve the quality of life in Delaware by promoting knowledge and appreciation of gardening, horticulture and conservation.
Related Resources:
Delaware Center for Horticulture Press Release
Delaware Center for Horticulture Media Advisory
For more information, contact:
Andrea Mosher, Americorps VISTA
Delaware Center for Horticulture
(302) 658-6262 ext. 115