Want to Give People Free Trees?

by Ryan Watson on

Earlier this Spring, GWAPP and Town Square in collaboration with the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) held one of our most rewarding events: a tree giveaway where 100 trees found homes in backyards and front yards all over the city. Having had such a positive experience earlier this year we want to help spread the love and lush greenery throughout the five boroughs.

In a push to reach the goal of one million trees planted by 2015, NYRP, the chief organizational partner for the part of the MillionTreesNYC campaign, is seeking additional local partners for their fall treegiveaway program. If you work for a community organization, non-profit, block association, or religious organization, NYRP wants to work with you so that you can give away free trees to your neighbors. To apply for the fall treegiveaway, fill out the online application to get the process started. This fall, GWAPP will be partnering with North Brooklyn Farms to give away another 150 trees, so stayed tuned for updates on that!

Why should we care about street trees anyway? Well streets are so beneficial to life in our city because they:

  • Capture 890 million gallons of stormwater (an average of 1,432 per tree);
  • Provide $122 million in financial benefit to the City;
  • Remove 272 tons – the equivalent of 40 adult elephants – of pollution, ozone and particulate matter from the air.
  • Tree beds offer all New Yorkers access to their own miniature growing space

Visit the NYRP website for more information or check out the Frequently Asked Questions page

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson

Originally from Los Angeles, Ryan is a relatively new but very proud resident of Greenpoint. He was drawn to Greenpoint by the strong sense of community and history of local activism. Ryan can be found at North Brooklyn Farms, the urban farm at the Domino Sugar Factory, which he co-founded or working in the 61 Franklin Street Community Garden.