Adjacent to Chapman High School in Inman, South Carolina, is a stretch of Compton Bridge Rd. with kudzu that blanketed trees near the road. Chapman High School students began removing the kudzu September 2006.
In September 2006, the corner adjacent to the campus appeared as shown in the left photograph. By March 2007 (right photograph), kudzu vines no longer reach from the ground into the trees. Good progress removing kudzu crowns from the ground is evident by the large number of colored flags marking their former locations. Dead kudzu vines remain high in some trees, but they will eventually decay and fall to the ground. Chapman High School is seen in the background.
Students pose with some of their kudzu trophies and tools in October and November 2006.
Work continues January 2007.
Many students do their part! January 2007.
Trophies, January 2007.
Chapman High School students attend Kudzu Kollege at the YMCA in Spartanburg. January 2007.
Work progresses deep into the woods to remove kudzu crowns from the ground, right photograph. "Kudzu Ladies" pose, second photograph. February 2007.
What do you give someone who has everything? You can see our gift to Dr. Ron Garner, principal of Chapman High School. And it fits on his desk too!! This is one example of many kudzu root crowns extracted from the ground during Coalition activities with Chapman students. Thanks guys and gals! February 2007.
Young ladies use teamwork to pull free a stubborn kudzu vine. The young man is mighty proud to have removed nine rooted kudzu crowns along one vine. March 2007.
Another crew of Chapman High School volunteers! The right photograph shows the status of the end of the stand of trees nearest to the school, which can be compared with earlier photographs shown at the top of this web page. Dead kudzu vines are visible in the trees, but live kudzu still grows on the ground. September 2007.