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Volunteers sought for Earth Day events April 20-21

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It will be a special Earth Day for the folks at the Kossuth Street Garden.

In February, a car crashed into the garden, destroying two of four flower boxes, which were specially designed to allow disabled people to help in gardening activities.

The group posted the accident details on its Facebook page and received an outpouring of support from as far away as India and Hungary, said Michael Doody, director of the garden.

"We will rebuild," he said.

Of course, it's going to take some help.

So organizers of the Kossuth Street Garden, along with many other central Ohio organizations planning Earth Day events, are seeking volunteers, and early registration is critical.

Green Columbus and the Columbus Foundation are teaming up for Stand Together Earth Day events, to be held April 20-21 throughout central Ohio.

Volunteers are needed at nearly 80 work sites throughout Columbus, including neighborhood cleanups, community gardening, tree plantings and invasive species removal.

Registration for the events is open through April 15 at earthdaycolumbus. org or by email to Green Columbus at work sites@greencbus.org.

Doody said volunteers will be asked to gather from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to till the Kossuth Street Garden, plant seed and clean the area of debris.

"It's a springboard to the rest of the year," he said. "As much as anything, it reminds people it's been dormant. It gets them working."

Across town at Four Seasons City Farms, 1,000 edible plants will be planted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20 at 937 E. Mound St. on the Near East Side.

Trash and brush will be cleared to make room for garden beds, a three-section compost bin, trees, seedlings and mulch.

Meanwhile, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed will need help planting 1,650 saplings in the Clintonville area.

FLOW has two Earth Day events.

The environmental group, along with Battelle, will plant 1,400 trees from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, at Broad Meadows park along the Olentangy River.

Then, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 21, FLOW and the Sierra Club will plant about 250 trees in Clinton-Como Park in an attempt to reforest a potential vernal pool.

"Any assistance would be greatly appreciated," said Julie Smiley, a volunteer for FLOW.

"We count on these people to do this work because we can't do it alone," Smiley said, "and the difference that they make is really incredible."

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