On Saturday, April 25th, the Sugarland Run community planted over 160 native trees and shrubs to help reduce air and water pollution in Sterling and add beneficial habitat. Over 80 people turned out to get a little dirty and work together for the environment and enjoy a feeling of accomplishment.

Residents of Sugarland Run, volunteers from Dominion High School and Riverside Presbyterian Church and their after school program all pitched in to plant the trees and install tree cages, mats and mulch.

The planting was the first phase of a partnership project between The Piedmont Environmental Council, Loudoun County and the Sugarland Run HOA, funded by grants from The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Fairfax Water.

Premier Turf and Landscaping joined the partnership with a major contribution of staff time and equipment to dig the holes in advance, help with shrub planting and provide all of the mulch. The company, owned by Don Doxsee, demonstrated a strong commitment to its long-term relationship with the HOA, and we all deeply appreciate their support.

After the hard work, volunteers enjoyed pizza provided by the HOA with support by the Pizza Hut in Sugarland Run Square Shopping Center.

The plantings will further beautify the community and also benefit the Chesapeake Bay. Loudoun County, like every other jurisdiction in the Bay watershed, has to reduce its pollution loads, and this project will count towards the County's goals.

Thanks to all those who pitched in to make this project a success!

This was phase one of a two phase tree and shrub planting plan in Sugarland Run. The next planting will occur on October 2nd, so stay tuned!