Students plant a tree at Trellis Bay on Sunday.

Forty coconut palms were planted at Trellis Bay and 30 were planted at Josiahs Bay on Sunday as part of a community project spearheaded by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in East End, organisers said.

Led by Khoy Smith and Ketlene Bowman-Penn, the group of SDA Pathfinders and eight adults were onsite by 8:30 a.m. armed with hoes, shovels, water and buckets, according to a press release from organisers.

The initiative — which was designed to help the bays recover from hurricane damage — was a partnership between the SDA, the BVI Tourist Board’s One BVI initiative, and the Seeds of Love Programme.

Business owners in Trellis were grateful for the effort, organisers said.

One of them, Ephraim Penn, committed to supplying water and having one of his workers help water the plants on a regular basis.

Another man, Floyd Penn, asked that the children get free drinks after they finished.

Visitors and residents who passed by on their way to the Leverick Bay Poker Run also stopped and assisted in the process.

There are more than 200 coconut trees still to be planted at Smugglers Cove, Cane Garden Bay and Brewers Bay, organisers said.

Anyone who wants to volunteer can contact Mr. Smith at 496-7190 or Ms. Bowman-Penn at 340-8563.