Planting a stronger community

Planting a stronger community

Orchard Park neighbors plants 300 trees to bring green back to the community

Senator Sandlin (middle back row) and Representative Behning (kneeling on left end of the front row) pose with community members in support of the project.
Students Lydia Mun, Va Ra Na, and Chay Short.

Approximately 40 Orchard Park community members and surrounding area volunteers came to plant over 300 trees within the Orchard Park neighborhood on March 25.

A hundred of the trees were donated to the community by Senator Sandlin, 100 by State Representative Behning, and the remaining bought by the Home Owners Association. Other sponsors of the project include Adrian Orchards, The Burmese American Community Institute (BACI), The Engledow Group, and Cahill’s Lawn & Landscape.

Melony gathers worms while Sawm Tei and Tluang Tei prepare the hole.

“One of the things we are trying to do,” said Tony Adrian, “is bring trees back into this area so that years down the road this is a very green community.”

The HOA looks to add two soccer fields and possibly a volleyball or basketball court to the area surrounded by the new seedlings in the coming years. They also plan to create walking path for joggers and walkers extending from the pond and through the 300 trees planted. “We plan to place a crushed limestone path winding through the trees and around the pond to create a mile to two mile trail for our community,” Adrian said.

All of the trees planted were native to Indiana and the surrounding area.