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Volunteers plant trees in Park DuValle despite cold, snowy weather

Louisville Grows planted more than 160 trees in Park DuValle.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Snow may have covered the ground Saturday morning but it didn’t stop a group of volunteers from planting trees in one local neighborhood.

Louisville Grows planted more than 160 trees in Park DuValle.

Most of the trees were planted on properties of “treecipients”, or residents in the neighborhood looking to make an impact on the tree canopy.

Louisville has a low tree canopy, meaning temperatures can be around 10 degrees higher in city limits.

“[Low tree canopies] creates higher utility costs because your houses are hotter. You have to use more air conditioning. There’s less pride in the neighborhood because there’s not as many trees, so it serves as good for the neighborhood and also good for your health,” Mary Curnutte, a citizen forester, said.

The tree planting came at no cost for the homeowners, whose only responsibility is to water the trees every week to help them grow.

Louisville Grows relies on volunteers for projects.

Interested parties can visit http://www.louisvillegrows.org.