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NHLA Signs on for PLANET Day of Service
NHLA has again approved a partnership agreement with the National Landcare Network, known as PLANET, by participating in a nationwide public space beautification effort known as PLANET Day of Service. This year steps up the New Hampshire landscape enhancement commitment, centered on Earth Week, 2013.
PLANET Day of Service is an annual opportunity for green industry professionals across the country to join for a day of giving back to their communities through volunteer landscape enhancement and tree care projects. Such efforts showcase the environmental stewardship that lives within our industry, bringing NH landscaper's good deeds to the surface. In the process NHLA Members are branded as good corporate partners within their respective communities, another reason for consumers to choose an NHLA Member company for their landcare needs.
Dale Squires, Marketing Manager of Belknap Landscape Company, an NHLA Member and a seasoned PLANET Day of Service participant said, “This is our company’s fourth participating year and the fifth annual Day of Service, the program initiated in 2009. Last year we received phenomenal NHLA Member participation in the first official NHLA-PLANET Partnership year, growing from one participating company to six Member companies. Incredibly, Fertile Ground, Pellettieri Associates, Inc., Belknap Landscape Co., Inc., Surfside Landscape, Labrie Associates and John’s Landscaping of Madbury enhanced eight different public places as a courtesy to local communities!”
Those six NHLA Member companies organized volunteer lawn and landscape projects in communities across the state and uploaded the projects on www.planetdayofservice.org, which provided a central point for listings of NH Day of Service volunteer opportunities. Squires added, “We’re excited to support such a terrific coast to coast program, sprucing-up community places and parks and schools.” and continued, “As to expanding this statewide to the Landscape Association, what a perfect opportunity to leverage the collective skills and manpower of New Hampshire’s finest landscapers for the public good.”
This year, with generous financial support from the Gilford, NH Rotary Club, NHLA members and the public have a unique opportunity to directly assist one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy through the a well-coordinated Planet Day of Service event. The Village of Lindenhurst, NY suffered some of the most damage of any town in Suffolk County. Since the storm hit the Lindenhurst, NY Rotary Club has been doing a terrific job of servicing their town, which suffered severe flooding.
The two Rotary Clubs plan to team April 12-14, traveling to Lindenhurst, purchasing lawn and garden tools, equipment, supplies, food and coordinating transportation and housing for NH volunteers in landscape clean-up efforts. Squires, a Gilford Rotarian, explained, “We’ll go to 200+/- homes devastated by the flood to rake, clean up debris, repair lawns, shrubs, and other plantings outside damaged properties. This is a meaningful beautification after Sandy effort, worthy of NH volunteer energies. Area youth groups, schools and civic organizations will be invited to participate. We hope some of the NHLA members will be able to assist with skilled manpower to help direct the volunteers. Each property owner will receive a couple planters with flowers, a legacy of the NH volunteer assistance efforts.”
If you or your company would like to participate, please contact Dale Squires, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Fund for Richard Rideout
A fund has been set up through NHLA in memory of Richard Rideout who sadly passed away last fall. This fund presents a very unique opportunity for NHLA members to make a tremendous impact toward landscape-related projects occurring at the community level. The focus of the memorial funding and NHLA volunteer educators and laborers will go toward two proposed projects in Henniker.
NHLA’s involvement in these projects would not only mirror Rick’s dedication to providing public education and service within his community, they also provide a rare and outstanding, hands-on educational opportunity for NHLA members. These projects are in the planning phases and hinge upon receiving member support and NHDES grant funding.
Potential project tour Saturday, October 13. More information
Please consider making a donation in memory of Rick and helping make these projects a reality.
You can donate by sending a check made out to NHLA to:
Guy Hodgdon, NHLA Business Manager
50 Debbie lane
Eliot, ME 03903
Please note in the check memo: Richard Rideout Memorial Fund
NHLA Companies Participate in PLANET Day of Service
The four NHLA companies below executed service projects in collaboration with the PLANET Day of Service program in honor of Earth Day 2012. The work was completed on April 20. See the May Newsletter to find out more about the projects
Fertile Ground, Exeter
Pellettieri Associates, Inc., Warner
Belknap Landscape Co., Inc., Gilford
Surfside Landscape, Rockingham
Labrie Associates, North Hampton
John's Landscaping of Madbury
This is the book referred to by Jon Batson in his article, Bonsais: Circus of Trees and Every Thirty-Five Feet in the May 2010 NHLA Newsletter. It is divided into three files due to size.