Stihl Inc. partnered with the city of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation and local tree care companies Poor Folks Tree Service and Bartlett Tree Experts to give back to the community on Earth Day as part of the second annual Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Day of Service, a nationwide Earth Day event. The Stihl event took place April 22 at Bayville Farms Park. This nationwide event gives large companies, like Stihl Inc., the opportunity to give back to their local communities and the environment.

“We are the largest privately-owned employer in Virginia Beach, and we believe it is our duty to be a great corporate citizen as well,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for Stihl Inc. “This event was a great way to partner with the city of Virginia Beach, to give back to the community, and to help beautify Bayville Farms Park.”

The event provided around $25,000 worth of improvements to Bayville Farms Park with the help of volunteers from Stihl Inc., Poor Folks Tree Service, Bartlett Tree Experts and city-trained personnel. Some of the improvements included removal of hazardous trees, tree planting, tree pruning, stump removal, stump grinding, spreading of mulch and pine straw, cleaning of flower beds, sand volleyball court replenishment, and playground mulch replenishment.

“We didn’t have the funds to clean up the park and make it as safe as it could be,” said Shawn Hopson, City of Virginia Beach open space manager. “Having the opportunity to form this partnership with Stihl Inc. and local tree care companies was a great way to maintain our beautiful parks, and their help really saved taxpayers’ money.”

“The space needed maintenance and tree repair, and I’m glad I was a part of the cleanup day to make it safer and more beautiful,” said Robson Lacerda, a volunteer from Poor Folks Tree Service. “I take my daughter to the park all the time, and it’s a great feeling to know it’s safer now, and that trees and limbs that could have posed a danger have been removed.”

For more information on PLANET Day of Service, visit For more information about Stihl Inc., please visit