It seemed a pity to take down our Christmas tree this week-end. It hadn't yet started to lose its needles and still looked pretty, all decorated and lit. But the holiday season was over. It was time to concentrate on the new year and leave the old behind. Besides, MulchFest , organized by the NYC Parks Department, was this week-end. It just seemed right to start 2011 green by recycling the tree.
Many in the neighborhood had the same idea and took advantage of the giant chipper that was set up on Clinton Street next to Cobble Hill Park. They drove, dragged and carried theirs to the location and then joined the small crowd of onlookers who watched in awe as the giant machine gobbled up one tree after the other and spit out mulch.
Small bags of mulch were available to take along. I'll spread mine in my garden as soon as the snow melts. (I must say though, that I was a bit taken aback by the fact that plastic bags had been printed up especially for this event. Though convenient, it didn't seem terribly green.)