ROANOKE, Va. -

Appalachian Power is doing its part to make the city of Roanoke a little more green.

The company has donated 40 Redbud trees to the City of Roanoke to help with the
stabilization project between the Greenway and Bennington Street.

Volunteers from the city, the Roanoke Valley Goverenor's School and nearby neighborhoods helped with the planting.

They say it was a labor of love because an effort like this benefits everyone, including the environment.

"It's beautification but it also has a function because its helping to filter the water and keep the water clean in the river," volunteer, Liz Belcher told Your Hometown News Leader.

The trees will also help during flood conditions, increase the wildlife habitat and create a natural buffer between the Greenway and the street.