(Photo Credit: NYRP)Great news for Carroll Gardens and Gowanus residents. As part of their city-wide tree give-away initiative, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is partnering with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy to hold an event right here in the neighborhood. This is a perfect opportunity to help green our part of this city, reduce our carbon footprint and beautify all at the same time. Don't miss getting your tree.
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Thanks to generous sponsorship by Toyota, 4,500 trees of all sizes, including fruit trees, are free for the taking in New York Restoration Project’s 2013 iteration of tree giveaways all throughout the city! There will be over 30 giveaways throughout all five boroughs. Eleven of these giveaways will take place in Brooklyn.
NYRP will kick off this year’s giveaways this weekend. The first Brooklyn giveaway will be held on March 23 in the Gowanus area of the borough:
Saturday, March 23
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Partner: Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Location: Salt Lot, 2 Second Ave., Gowanus
Through partnerships with local, eco-minded community organizations, these giveaways allow New Yorkers to take part in the MillionTreesNYC goal of planting one million new trees by 2017. It is the largest municipal tree giveaway program in the country.
Aside providing cleaner air, planting trees has many benefits, including enhanced curb appeal, offsetting of climate change, cooler temperatures, among others.
Here’s how the giveaways work:-NYC property owners can find the giveaway schedule online.-They can register for a tree in advance. Registration is typically available at least two weeks prior to the giveaway.
-If registration is full, a limited quantity of trees is available on a first come, first served basis.
-An NYRP representative on site will explain how to plant and care for the tree.-Participants take their trees home to plant in a yard, garden, commercial property, community garden, etc.
Participants must agree to the following terms:-Plant in one of the five boroughs.-Keep trees properly watered and maintained.-Do not plant the tree along streets, in city parks, in containers, terraces, balconies or on roofs.
Please note that dates and times are subject to change. You can view images from 2012 tree giveaways on our Facebook here.
Please let me know if you’d like to learn more or have questions. I can also help to coordinate an interview with Mike Mitchell, our Community Initiatives Manager, who can provide more insight into how the giveaways work and the importance of tree planting in an urban city. We can also provide high-res images at your request.