New Yorkers sick of Old Man Winter now have another exciting reason to look forward to spring: New York’s MillionTreesNYC just announced its annual spring tree giveaway! The PlaNYC greening initiative, which already boasts the country’s largest municipal tree giveaway program, will be giving away popular tree varieties like dogwoods, juneberries and peach trees starting this Saturday. The New York Restoration Project and other local NYC organizations will be teaming up to distribute 8,750 free trees across all five boroughs, so read on to see how you can snag one for yourself.
Launched in 2007 under the leadership of NYRP and NYC Parks, MillionTreesNYC has successfully planted over 949,000 trees across the city. While the majority of the new urban forest cover will be planted and cared for by the city, the public-private program also depends heavily on NYC home and property owners to plant and properly maintain trees in their front and backyards. To boost tree planting numbers, NYRP will host 65 tree giveaways from March through May, during which property owners can pick up a tree on a first come first serve basis.
“Thanks to our sponsors, our partner organizations and New Yorkers, we are the largest municipal tree giveaway program in the country,” said Mike Duran-Mitchell, NYRP’s Director of Urban Forestry. “Our tree giveaways are exciting events where New Yorkers get together to make their neighborhoods come alive.”
The first tree giveaway will take place on Saturday, March 14th. Click here to see the full giveaway calendar.
Images via New York Restoration Project