Brooklyn, New York–Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) is giving away trees. In partnership with MillionTreesNYC and New York Restoration Project (NYRP), CHLDC will give away 150 trees on May 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2501 Pitkin Ave. to help create a greener, more sustainable Cypress Hills.
As part of the MillionTreesNYC initiative, CHLDC has given away 750 trees in the past four years to local homeowners and businesses to plant in their yards throughout Cypress Hills. MillionTreesNYC is a citywide, public-private program with the goal of planting and caring for one million new trees across the city’s five boroughs by 2015. So far, more than 840,000 trees have been planted across the city as part of the initiative.
Only some of the 150 trees CHLDC will give away will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so residents are encouraged to show up early or register online at www.nyrp.org/treegiveaways.
“This is a great opportunity to help make a greener, more sustainable Cypress Hills,” said CHLDC Community Garden Coordinator Lauren Brown. “Everyone who gets a tree will fill out a tree adoption agreement to formally adopt their tree, and will receive simple planting and care instructions so that the trees grow and thrive here in Cypress Hills.”
The trees are available to all New York City residents and can be planted on private property, such as front and backyards, commercial properties, community gardens and faith-based institutions. Trees cannot be planted on rooftops, terraces, or in city parks. All residents need is a place to plant, a shovel and access to water. Only one tree can be adopted per address.