DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - An Albany couple is receiving praise for bringing life to their plantation through nature.
Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful and the Albany Tree Board presented Kay and Walter Strom with the 2017 Tree Stewardship Award on Monday.
The couple has planted trees throughout their property for the past 17 years.
They have a wide variety of trees, including live oaks, willows and cypress trees.
The couple encourages other people to plant even one or two trees and watch them grow.
"Take a few trees, they don't have to do a forest," said Kay. "Just take a few tress at a time, especially that are native to our area."
Executive Director of Keep Albany Beautiful Judy Bowles said the Strom's were an easy choice for the award.
"After going through the storm and tornado, it's just a blessing to be here and see these trees that are still beautiful."
This year, Dougherty County lost more than 3,000 trees, many of them during January's storms.
The Strom's said they continue to add trees to their grounds.
"If anyone worries about planting a tree and if they are going to live long enough to see it, they will," said Strom with a big smile.
They planted eight Dogwood trees this year.
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