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Lowe's Heroes Landscaping Project Enhances Cowpens National Battlefield

Cowpens National Battlefield

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National Park Service News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – DATE: September 23, 2011

CONTACT: Donna Davis, (864) 461-2828

Lowe’s Heroes Landscaping Project Enhances Cowpens National Battlefield

As part of the Lowe’s Heroes program, thirteen employees from Lowe’s store 2358 at 1601 West Floyd Baker Boulevard in Gaffney, SC volunteered up to 16 hours each on September 16 - 17 to improve the landscaping at Cowpens National Battlefield. The project at Cowpens National Battlefield included planting perennials and weeding and mulching the islands in the Visitor Center parking lot as well as planting hardwood trees to provide a safety screening for weapons firing demonstrations. At the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail emblem on the bank at the intersections of Highways 110 and 11, the Lowe’s Heroes placed seeded cloth over bare spots, placed weed barrier cloth and rocks in the ditch to improve drainage, and primed and painted the trail emblem. The improved landscaping will give visitors and passers by a positive first impression of Cowpens National Battlefield while also helping with visitor safety. The volunteers helped accomplish much needed deferred maintenance projects. “The Lowe’s Heroes volunteer event was a great way for the park to engage new partners in the stewardship and relevancy of their local National Park,” said John Slaughter, Park Superintendent. Lowe’s also donated all the landscaping materials needed to complete the project. Teamwork and community service are part of Lowe’s core values, and the Heroes program encourages employees to work together to make a difference in their community by adopting a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K – 12 public school. Last year, employees from over 1,000 stores worked on Lowe’s Heroes volunteer projects, contributing thousands of hours and nearly $1 million in materials Cowpens National Battlefield was established to protect and commemorate the 1781 battle that many consider to be the turning point of the Revolutionary War. The park is open seven days a week and contains a visitor center, one mile battlefield trail, auto loop road and picnic area. To learn more about the park activities please call (864) 461-2828 or visit the park’s webpage at www.nps.gov/cowp. -NPS-



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