Become a Tree Steward: Workshop and Class Available in Brooklynby on
Do you ever wonder who takes care of the street trees on your block? It’s entirely possible that no one does! Sad abandoned trees–won’t someone speak for the trees?! Maybe, you? The NYC Parks Department plants street trees (you can even visit the Parks website and request a free street tree), but the responsibility of maintaining, watering and beautifying the tree beds is not directly looked after by any particular agency (at least, it doesn’t rank high on their priority list.)
There are two opportunities coming up in May to teach you how to be a tree steward!
MillionTrees NYC is holding a “Tree LC” workshop in Brooklyn
At this free tree care workshop, you’ll learn about the MillionTrees NYC program, how to identify trees in NYC, how the city benefits from these trees, and how to properly care for street trees.
“Workshops are focused on active tree care, so come ready to get your hands dirty and care for street trees along the sidewalk. Please dress for light gardening work, wear close-toed shoes, and bring a refillable water bottle. Children are always welcome, and must be accompanied by an adult. All participants will care for trees using small gardening tools and watering buckets.”
Wednesday May 21 from 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Corner of Nostrand Ave & Sterling Pl, Crown Heights
More Information & to Register
TreesNY is hosting a Citizen Pruner course in Brooklyn
TreesNY offers a 12 hour Citizen Pruner Course consisting of four 2-hour in-class sessions and one 4-hour field outing. The comprehensive curriculum includes tree biology, street tree identification, common tree problems and solutions, tree stewardship and pruning. The Saturday field outing is designed to provide students with the opportunity to practice pruning with their peers under the tutelage of their teacher.
Upon successful completion of the final exam, students receive a license from TreesNY and NYCParks to legally prune NYC street trees. Trees New York is the only institution designated to train and license Citizen Pruners in New York City.
“Stewardship and pruning hugely reduces a tree’s vulnerability to pervasive urban threats such as pedestrian and vehicular traffic, drought and storms. In New York City, where there is limited funding for tree maintenance but significant need, Citizen Pruners provide a tremendous benefit to our urban environment.”
And there will be many young, freshly planted trees in need of TLC courtesy of 2013 Participatory Budgeting. One of the winning projects for Community District 33 was money for the planting of street trees district-wide.