Kudzu removal at The Congregational Church (UCC) in Tryon

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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Look how much fun these folks are having removing kudzu! Last fall, the Congregational Church (UCC) of Tryon applied for and received a grant from the Polk County Appearance Commission, to help with the cost of eradicating kudzu, and other invasives, in the historical woodland behind the church. The project is now underway! According to Scott Welborn, Polk County extension director, there are many different types of invasive species in Polk County, and many of those are growing behind the church. Church and community volunteers are encouraged to help in the effort of cutting, daubing and removing the vines from the wooded area. It will be at least a three-year commitment for the church, with constant maintenance in the following years, to bring back what was once a beautiful woodland. It’s worth it! As you can tell by the faces here, it is very satisfying to see the progress!  The next clean-up is on Saturday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m.

A note of thanks to Greg Minor. Greg is a member of the “Kudzu Warriors” from Conserving Carolina who serves on the Polk County Appearance Commission. He has been the guru of training, and works alongside volunteers helping the Congregational Church and other groups in the county, providing needed materials for the process of daubing, not to mention moral support.

Should you want further information about the Congregational Church (UCC) in Tryon, its ministry teams, and projects to help our beloved community, please visit www.ucctryon.org or call the church at 828-859-9414.

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Submitted by Ellen Harvey Zipf