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Volunteers Needed for Tree-Planting in Latonia on Saturday

The City of Covington will lead a tree-planting session in Latonia on Saturday, but is in need of volunteers.

More than eighty trees are set to be planted from 9 a.m. to noon along sidewalks on Rosina and Ashland avenues in West Latonia.

“This event will host more trees than we have ever planted in one day, which is what has me worried,” said Crystal Courtney, the city’s urban forester. “Not many people have committed to showing up, and we need all the help we can get.”
 
Volunteers should meet at 8:30 a.m. at Barb Cook Park at the corner of Ashland and Madison avenues. Wear clothes that can get dirty and sturdy footwear (boots, not sandals). If you have gloves and a shovel, bring them, but extras will be available, the city said in a news release. No special expertise is needed: Experts and experienced volunteers will demonstrate proper tree-planting technique.
 
Volunteers are encouraged but not required to register through the Covington Urban Forestry Board’s Facebook page, HERE.
 
(As a special treat, Courtney said, Bean Haus Bakery & Café is providing coffee, and a community member is providing doughnuts from Moonrise.)
 
According to a tree inventory last year, Latonia has the most vacant planting sites in the city, Courtney said. Many of those spots used to hold Bradford pears, which are prone to splitting in heavy wind and grow too large for areas with overhead wires.
 
She has carefully selected trees to go in various spots depending on their size, including Princeton elm, Persian ironwood, Kwanzan cherry, Autumn Brilliance serviceberry, and a cultivar called Wireless Zelkova
 
“This is going to be a great day for Latonia,” Courtney said. “We will add over 80 trees to a very tree-poor area, which will beautify the streets, slow the traffic, raise property values, and most importantly provide shade for pedestrians taking a stroll through this beautiful neighborhood.
 
“My plea to anyone reading this: Come and make a difference.”
 
-Staff report
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