Protecting, conserving, and restoring the natural resources of the
Chester, Ridley, and Crum Creek Watersheds.
Corporate Partnerships Apple Leisure Group® (ALG), a Newtown Square-based travel and hospitality firm, has launched a new environmental partnership with Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association (CRC), a local non-profit organization dedicated to protecting water resources and the natural environment. The long-term collaboration kicked off in March 2019 with a volunteer tree-planting day at Garrett Williamson School and aims to hold similar events over the coming months.
Over 60 ALG employees —15 percent of the Newtown office staff — and several CRC experts worked together for a total of 180 man hours to plant nearly 90 native trees and shrubs, including Spikenard, Witch Hazel, Ninebark, Hornbeam, Hop-hornbeam, Toothache tree, White Walnut, Shagbark Hickory, Black Oak, and Cornelian Cherry. The various plants will reach significant height within five to ten years, with several trees to grow to over 90 feet tall over the next 50 years.
Other ecological benefits include water being filtered by the roots of the newly planted trees and shrubs, additional branches and canopies for flora and fauna to call home, a reduction of sedimentation throughout the creek’s banks, and an increase in the stream’s biodiversity through the regulation of water temperatures and oxygen levels. Most importantly, the forest will make a wonderful recreational and learning site for the children at the Garrett Williamson School.
The generous $10,000 donation from ALG for 2019 funded the tree-planting day and will also support a fall clean up and maintenance, further bolstering ALG’s existing environmental initiatives as well as the CRC’s mission to protect and conserve the natural resources of the Chester, Ridley and Crum Creek.
“We are excited for the opportunity to work with an organization that shares the same environmental values as we do,” said Alex Zozaya, CEO of ALG. “This is just the beginning of a great partnership that will help support our efforts for environmental preservation in the Newtown Square community long term.”
CRC - Water Resources of the Chester, Ridley, and Crum Creeks in Chester and Delaware Counties, PA
CRC's office is located in the historic farmhouse at Willistown Township's Okehocking Preserve
5316 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073