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Contact: Lisa Schaumann
Lawn and Landscape Professionals Volunteer to Renovate and Enhance Green Spaces Nationwide, April 22, 2013
—Special Day of Service event in Lindenhurst, NY will help Hurricane Sandy victims clean up and restore yards at 200 homes—
HERNDON, Va., April 1, 2013 — PLANET, the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, is gearing up to create and reinvigorate healthy, green living spaces for communities across America on its annual Day of Service, Monday, April 22. PLANET’s Day of Service projects take place around Earth Day and National Volunteer Week.
"Day of Service is yet another way that PLANET and its members can give back to communities by doing what we do best – creating outdoor areas that help families and communities come alive outside," explained Norman Goldenberg, Landscape Industry Certified, president of PLANET.
This year, PLANET identified Lindenhurst, N.Y., as the site of a three-day clean-up effort (April 12-14) to help restore the yards and landscapes of almost 200 homes. PLANET member Belknap Landscape, located in Gilford, NH, along with other volunteers from the NH Landscape Association, Gilford Rotary, Gilford high school and West Point Academy, will clear debris, rake yards and leave each home with flower-filled pots for each doorstep.
“Homeowners are still picking up the pieces of Hurricane Sandy, and as landscapers ourselves, we understand how important it is for one’s mental health to look out a window and view a beautiful, inviting yard,” said Dale Squires, PLANET member, marketing manager at Belknap Landscape, and Day of Service project leader in Lindenhurst. “We thank all the volunteers and donations from the Gilford NH Rotary Club.”
On Day of Service, April 22, thousands of lawn and landscape professionals will mulch, prune, plant, mow, weed, and clean up locations across the country, examples include:
- Smithtown Historical Society in Nesconcet, NY, where an edible landscape will be installed;
- Good News Community Health Clinic in Portland, OR, a free health clinic for the uninsured that will get a much needed grounds clean up and pruning;
- Riverside Cemetery in Denver, CO, where volunteers will help re-vegetate the historical cemetery; and
- Langley Residential Support Services in Potomac, VA, a non-profit serving adults with intellectual disabilities that will enjoy a new patio with memorial bricks commemorating donors.
The nationwide event allows lawn and landscape companies to perform volunteer projects and give back in their own communities. The goal of each project is to create outdoor spaces which allow people to be active, spend time together or relax.
In 2012, PLANET landscape professionals volunteered at more than 150 projects in 36 states and Canada, with a value of more than $675,000.
Event sponsors include Belgard Hardscapes, Blizzard Snowplows, Fisher Snowplows, Include Software, JOHN DEERE, Nature Safe, Western, TruGreen, Shindaiwa, CNA, STIHL Inc., Snapper Pro, Turf Appeal, and Highgrove Partners.
For more information about PLANET Day of Service or to search for projects by state, go to www.planetdayofservice.org.About PLANET
PLANET is the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America. PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices, and business professionalism. Many of PLANET’s professionals have attained the status of becoming Landscape Industry Certified, achieving the greatest level of industry expertise and knowledge. Visit PLANET at www.landcarenetwork.org.