LEXINGTON (May 22, 2017) – A Greek proverb says that a society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
While that wasn’t exactly the inspiration behind the planting of 35 trees and 32 shrubs on Polo Club Blvd. on Friday, May 19, it wasn’t far from it either.
“When I heard that UPS had donated money for the trees, I knew I wanted to be a part of planting them,” says Jacque Marple, a full-time HR Specialist with UPS. “I shop over here, and every time I come over, I know that I’ll remember that I helped plant the trees and bushes, and can take pride in that.”
The trees and shrubs were provided by the Keep Lexington Beautiful commission (KLB) and paid for by a $5,000 Keep America Beautiful grant funded by the UPS Foundation. Volunteers from UPS, the KLB, and employees of the city’s Division of Environmental Services, dug the holes and then planted the trees and shrubs between Winchester Road and Man o’ War Blvd.
Greg Butler, of Republic Services, who is on the KLB commission, said the planting event is typical of what the board does.
“Unlike a lot of boards who sit in rooms and talk about issues, we actually go out and participate in events like this one. We plant trees, we pick up litter, and we educate the public. We have a good mixture of involvement with our community.”