Barclays Employees Plant Trees at Wilmington's East Side Charter School

Celebrating Arbor Day and Supporting The National Arbor Day Foundation

Apr 11, 2007, 01:00 ET from Barclays

    WILMINGTON, Del., April 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- Seventy-five
 employees from Barclays US credit card operation will spend the day picking
 up trash and planting 125 trees around the border of a four acre field
 adjacent to East Side Charter School in northeast Wilmington, Delaware. The
 trees were donated by Barclays on behalf of their credit card partner The
 National Arbor Day Foundation. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. on
 Tuesday, April 10, 2007.
     The field adjacent to the school has been littered with trash and
 surrounded by industrial properties for years. The school ultimately hopes
 to build a playground on the site and would like to some day add baseball
 and soccer fields. The tree-planting project is the first step toward
 creating the playground setting.
     Patrice Sheehan, Tree Program Manager at the Delaware Center for
 Horticulture provided advice on the ideal type and number of trees for the
 site as well as guidance for the long-term care of the trees. She will also
 be onsite to supervise the planting. Davey Tree has donated watering
 services to ensure that the trees make it through the first few months
 following their planting.
     Delaware celebrates Arbor Day on April 27.
     About The National Arbor Day Foundation
     The National Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental and
 education organization of nearly 1 million members, with a mission to
 inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information on
 the Foundation and its programs can be found at
     About East Side Charter School
     East Side Charter School is the first charter school in the country to
 be founded with the assistance of -- and located within -- a public housing
 authority's property. The school serves students in pre-Kindergarten
 through Eight Grade. Eighty-five percent of their students live below the
 poverty line, and 65 percent live in single parent homes. East Side Charter
 is one of Barclays' primary community partners.
     About Barclays
     Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the U.S. credit card operations
 of Barclays PLC, has more than 50 existing credit card partnerships with
 some of the most successful travel, entertainment, educational and
 financial institutions in US including US Airways, AirTran Airways,
 Frontier Airlines, Midwest Airlines, Carnival Cruise Lines, TiVo, Gulf Oil,
 Harvard Alumni Association, and UBS among others. For more information
 please visit
     Barclays PLC is one of the world's largest global financial services
 providers primarily offering banking, investment banking and investment
 management services. Present in over 60 countries, Barclays is proud to
 serve over 20 million customers and employ more than 110,500 people
 worldwide. Barclaycard is one of the largest global credit card companies
 with 14.9 million credit card customers around the world. For more
 information about Barclays PLC and its six major divisions, please visit

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