A few orange trees for Orange County

UC Irvine's Anteaters are about to start chowing down on a lot more oranges.

Anteater athletes planted a grove of the citrus-bearing trees Wednesday afternoon near the Crawford Athletics Complex along West Peltason Drive.

"They will grow there for years and years," said women's tennis team member Stephanie Hammel of the trees. "The fruit will give members of the community or athletes the opportunity to come here, pick the fruit and enjoy it."

The 24 trees were donated by the Orange County Great Park and are part of a project to upgrade the pool score board and beautify the surrounding area, said Cathy Lawhon, university director of media relations and community outreach.

Although Hammel, a senior, will not be on campus much longer to enjoy the fruit, she is still happy about the incoming grove.

"I know that a lot of my teammates are excited about the fruit and said that they will probably eat one," she said.

sarah.peters@latimes.com

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