Keep Knoxville Beautiful

On May 10, Keep Knoxville Beautiful had its first Beautification Mob. Led by KKB board member, Bob Graves, volunteers transformed a lot from an eyesore into a beautiful entrance. This corner had long been neglected, and as an entrance into a historic part of our community, it was in desperate need of attention. Bob Graves designed and secured donations, a commitment from the property owner, and a commitment from the surrounding businesses to help with the upkeep of this project. In one day, this piece of property was completely transformed.

Watch the the transformation!

Keep Sherwood Beautiful, Sherwood, AR

Keep Sherwood Beautiful hosted their Great American Cleanup in Sherwood on April 12. More than 50 volunteers gathered to help beautify Sherwood City Hall and reduce litter around the city. The Mayor of Sherwood and Girl Scouts came out to help with many other community volunteers. Volunteers helped removed more than 1,000 pounds of litter, and planted 24 shrubs and 12 flowers!

Cedarville 4-H Club and Girl Scouts, Cedarville, AR

The Cedarville 4-H Club and Girl Scouts hosted “Keep Cedarville Beautiful”, a cleanup to engage and involve Cedarville’s youth in efforts to clear litter in their community while learning about environmental responsibility. Their team of 75 volunteers helped clean 20 miles of roadways and 10 acres of parks around Cedarville! They also cleaned and beautified trails and waterways in their community, planting 4 trees and 34 flowers! Way to go, Cedarville 4-H & Girl Scouts!

Keep Slidell Beautiful, Slidell, LA

Clean/Green Schools Grant Program

It was all hands on deck when Slidell High School students found out they were one of ten Keep Slidell Beautiful Clean/Green Schools to receive a $200 grant from KSB.  Their project called “A Renewed Vision for the Beautification of Slidell High School’s Campus.”  Students worked several different Saturdays picking up litter around the school, mulching, pruning, planting and generally sprucing up the campus.  KSB provides the grants to its Clean/Green School partners for projects at their schools relating to litter prevention, beautification or environmental issues.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (Indianapolis, IN)

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) believes everyone should be given the opportunity to experience nature close to home. Turning vacant lots into beautiful parks allows neighbors to take pride in their community. Last year, KIB received a grant from the Lowe’s/KAB Community Improvement Grant program, to transform a vacant lot into a pocket park in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood of Indianapolis, a neighborhood area sorely lacking greenspace and its benefits.

This project combined the efforts of neighbors from five streets partnering with Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND), the Bates-Hendricks Neighborhood Association and neighborhood businesses. Bates-Hendricks leaders are committed to neighborhood renewal and to this end they launched an effort called Building Blocks.

The neighbors of Building Blocks envisioned the transformation of four adjacent vacant lots in their neighborhood into a community greenspace. They applied to KIB’s IPL Project Greenspace program, and were chosen to receive a pocket park, featuring shade and understory trees, low-maintenance landscaping and native plants, a shelter, and a designated open space for recreation.

One creative aspect of the landscaping was reusing several extremely large concrete pads that we excavated from the site’s “past life” as a utility station: these were simply too large to remove! We kept these as distinctive boundary markers on one side of the park, as a reminder of the transformation.

Community greening is one way to help empower people. With the success of this project, KIB has engaged families through greening projects, building stronger bonds with their neighbors and contributing to the vitality of their community. We look forward to working with this engaged neighborhood in the future!

Keep Lewisville Beautiful, Lewisville Texas

There’s a new wildflower field in Lewisville courtesy of a $5,000 KAB/Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant.

During national Make a Difference Day in late October, 255 Keep Lewisville Beautiful volunteers worked to make Lewisville a more beautiful place to live. KLB volunteers set out at 9:00 a.m. at Lake Park to plant 1.33 acres of Texas native wildflower seeds that will bloom late next spring/early summer. Volunteers collectively spent over 510 hours preparing the soil and sowing more than 85 pounds of seeds along a field adjacent to Trotline and Lake Lewisville shoreline. Volunteers also planted more than 180 physical plants, along the field’s edges to promote growth and provide a boundary for the field and walking paths.

In addition to planting the wildflowers, volunteers also conducted a cleanup of Lake Park and the surrounding area — picking up 56 bags of trash and nine bags of recyclables. Offsite, Girl Scout service unit 406, led by Stacey Campbell, cleaned up additional community locations in conjunction with the national Make A Difference Day and Keep America Beautiful’s National Planting Day. An estimated 850,000 wildflowers will bloom this Spring, creating beautiful backdrop for pictures, picnics, and recreational enjoyment.

Thanks to Lowe’s corporate funding and local Lowe’s Heroes’ assistance, the City of Lewisville Parks and Leisure Services, We Plus You, Keep America Beautiful, and Keep Lewisville Beautiful volunteers who helped make this project possible.

Keep Martin Beautiful, Palm City, FL

We began the Indian Mound Cemetery Beautification Project earlier this year thanks to in part to the support we received from the Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation, Keep America Beautiful and many community supporters. The cemetery has been neglected for many years, and Keep Martin Beautiful felt the need to help beautify this historic piece of the community. So far, fencing has been repaired, mulch has been placed, weeds and invasive plants have been removed and benches have been installed.

In addition to what has already been done, we are preparing to replace damaged grave markers, plant flowers and we also have plans to repair an old well that is at the location. Keep Martin Beautiful is dedicated to preserving and improving the quality of life in Martin County, and we believe that this project will allow us to continue preserving our county’s history while creating an attractive, comfortable environment for those visiting family members buried in Indian Mound Cemetery.