About 80 volunteers got their hands dirty Saturday morning digging holes to plant 35 trees at Richmond’s Lucas Park during an Arbor Day celebration.
The event was organized by the City of Richmond and community organizations Richmond Trees, the Watershed Project, Groundwork Richmond and the Rotary Club of Richmond.
Derek Hitchcock, program manager for the Watershed Project, said the group was trying something different from the other community groups planting trees at the event. Before placing the new trees in the ground, volunteers put in layers of sand and drain rock, which act as a filter for rainwater that may have airborne pollutants present.
The event began at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers planted all 35 trees before 11:30 a.m.