Rollin’ Up Our Sleeves
Mercer County Park Commission received well over 80 volunteers from the WeLoveU Foundation on Sunday, June 23, 2019. The special occasion? Tree planting! The WeLoveU Foundation volunteers helped complete the Stony Brook reforestation project by planting the remaining 300 trees.
Stony Brook is located in Rosedale Park in Pennington, NJ. Due to heavy rainfall in spring and summer, Stony Brook experiences flooding that causes damage to the surrounding areas. Within in the reforestation plan, the Mercer County Park Commission aimed to plant 2,500 trees. The WeLoveU Foundation volunteers are glad to participate and help them meet their goal.
The work that we do here at the Mercer County Parks cannot be done without the help of volunteers. I really thank the WeLoveU Foundation for coming out today and help in completing this project.Alex Rivera, Land Steward of the Mercer County Park Commission
Benefits Behind Tree Planting
Taking an in-depth look behind planting trees reveals great benefits for the environment. For starters, they will help soak up rainwater, which reduces flooding, erosion and pollution in our waterways. The newly planted trees contribute for our well-being by giving off oxygen that we need to breathe. Additionally, they provide animals like birds, for instance, food, protection, and a place to call home.
First things first, the large group of volunteers spread out across the park. They began digging into the soil with shovels in order to have enough space to plant the trees. Through their efforts, volunteers helped bring new life to the floodplains and refreshed the ecosystems! This volunteer service activity is part of WeLoveU’s Clean WORLD Movement.
After the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers finished planting 300 trees, they stayed a bit longer at the park for a BBQ! Wrapping up a great day with friends and family in the name of environmental protection.