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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Free Trees, Really!
If you want a free tree for your backyard, terrace, community garden, apartment house, or business and you live in one of the five boroughs, go get a free tree. These are not houseplants; these are the real deal, 5-10 feet tall, meant to go out in the garden. Choose a tree for its foliage and/or flowers, and your sun /shade conditions. Some on offer this past weekend in a terrific selection were Redbud, Magnolia, Scarlet Oak, Plum, Black Tupelo, Hawthorn, Pear, Cherry, Sweet Gum and Linden. Through the good works of the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and the City of New York Dept. of Parks and Recreation, you still have an opportunity to adopt and plant this fall. Experts will give you free tips.
Your Promise
Before you pick up your tree and wheel it away, you must sign an agreement to plant it on your own property or a place where you have permission; give it TLC; water once a week; and promise to weed, mulch, prevent and remove waste and litter. Part of the adoption procedure calls for registration after you plant, so NYRP can keep track of the number planted and growing. They hope to reach 1,000,000 new trees planted in the city by 2017 with the city planting 600,000 in parks, on streets and other public places, and individuals, businesses and other non-profits like churches, synagogues and mosques planting 400,000. So you’d better get busy.

Where/When
Sunday, October 2
Atlas Greenmarket, Cooper Ave. & 80th St. Queens, 9am-2pm
Crotona Park, Fulton Ave. & Crotona Park North, Bronx, 10am-3pm.
Saturday, November 8
All five boroughs, volunteer to help plant trees.
More information about the Million Trees program, tips on planting, volunteer for the planting day, register your adopted tree or one you bought elsewhere since 2007, go to:
www.milliontreesnyc.org.

1 comment:

Layanee said...

Great tree choices for your city dwellers. Providing free trees is quite an undertaking and it almost makes me wish I lived in the city.

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