“If we can offer landscaping help it’s a small thing, we can do to offer joy to that family. They are making a personal sacrifice that helps assure our safety and well-being, and we want to show our gratitude by helping however we can.”
A cornerstone for Paige Landscape is the company’s “Culture of Caring,” which promotes community involvement in a wide range of projects that “give back” to the city they call home.
“We promote this culture whether it’s our employees, our customers, or even our vendors,” explains owner and GreenCare for Troops volunteer Brian Paige. “We understand that landscaping in general can make a positive impression on people, that it positively impacts people’s lives. We service a lot of assisted living facilities and apartment complexes, and we take pride in making a positive difference.”
This emphasis makes the company’s involvement in GreenCare for Troops a natural fit, says Paige. He had heard about the program from several sources, including the state and national landscape associations, and while attending the big national conference in Louisville. He first volunteered in 2014, and finally got his opportunity to service a family last year.
“We made a weekly maintenance visit, working it in among some commercial jobs we had in the same town,” says Paige.
An Early Start in the Industry
Paige started out like many do in the green industry, working at a local garden center’s greenhouse facility starting at age 14.
“That was in the ‘80s, back when garden centers had their own greenhouses to grow their own plant material,” he recalls.
Interest in the green industry stayed with him through college, where he pursued a landscape architecture degree from one of the original programs in the discipline, the University of Massachusetts. Unfortunately, jobs in this field were hard to come by in the late 1990s, so he took a position at a large commercial landscape firm in 1997.
He learned the business over the next decade and set off to build a company of his own, Paige Landscape Co., in 2010. Clientele is virtually 100 percent commercial, serving a region 20 miles south of Boston from the headquarters office in Walpole with 30 full-time employees.
Willing to Do More
While there isn’t a large military presence as far as bases in his service area, Paige is willing to help more families when the opportunity arises.
“Greencare is extension of what we want to do as far as giving back to our communities, says Paige, ”and if we can offer landscaping help it’s a small thing, we can do to offer joy to that family. They are making a personal sacrifice that helps assure our safety and well-being, and we want to show our gratitude by helping however we can.”
Why are Green Spaces Important to Military Families?
Parks, lawns, landscapes and maintained green spaces help to mitigate temperature increases in communities and significantly reduce energy use and cooling costs. Project EverGreen’s initiatives – GreenCare for Troops and GreenCare for Communities – have made a significant impact.
Through its nationwide base of professional volunteers, Project EverGreen has connected people, plants and their communities to maximize the health of grass, plants and trees, which in turn sequesters carbon and cleans the air. Both initiatives support healthy green spaces in neighborhoods and cities, enabling maintained green spaces to function as the lungs of the city and offsetting the negative effects of a warming environment.
A single group or individual cannot transform lawns, landscapes and parks but Project EverGreen’s coalition of businesses and individuals helps maintain green spaces so they can thrive.
For more information on the benefits of green spaces, visit www.ProjectEverGreen.org
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The Title Sponsor of the GreenCare for Troops program Title Sponsor is Nufarm. SnowCare for Troops program in BOSS Snowplow. Platinum Partners include Toro and SiteOne Landscape Supply. The Gold Partners are AMGUARD Environmental Sciences and Arborjet/Ecologel.
Affiliate Partners include the Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association and the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association.
GreenCare for Troops is endorsed by the National Association of Landscape Professionals