By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
As part of an initiative to help the environment and beautify local neighborhoods, Councilman David Greenfield is hosting a free tree giveaway on Sunday, April 28, at the Borough Park Y Senior Center, at 4912 14th Ave.
Held in partnership with MillionTreesNYC and the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), the event will take place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. or until the 100 free trees have been distributed, Greenfield said. Residents interested in obtaining a tree are urged to call Greenfield's office to register ahead of time. A limited number of trees will also be available on Sunday on a first-come, first-served basis.
New York Restoration Project was founded by Bette Midler.
“I am proud to host another tree giveaway event this Sunday to help beautify our neighborhoods for years to come,” Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) said. “I can’t think of a better time of year to hold this event, and I have no doubts that this great program will have a lasting impact on Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst for future generations,” he said. Greenfield.
This year marks the second time Greenfield has distributed free trees to local residents. Last fall, he partnered with NYRP and Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School in Bensonhurst to distribute 100 free trees to the community as part of the city’s ongoing MillionTreesNYC initiative, which aims to plant 1 million new trees in the city over the next decade.
Sunday’s event is limited to one tree per household and the resident or family accepting it is responsible for planting, watering and maintaining it, according to a spokesman for Greenfield. The tree must be planted on private property within the five boroughs, and cannot be planted along streets, in city parks, in containers or on rooftops.
Sunday’s giveaway will include four species of trees – Centennial Star Magnolia, Royal Purple Smoke Tree, Dawn Redwood and Brown Turkey Fig. Experts from NYRP will be on hand to discuss which tree is best for each resident’s specific property and to provide tips for how to best care for it and help it thrive.
“We have made tremendous strides over the past few years to improve and beautify Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst, and Sunday represents another chance to build on this great progress,” Greenfield said.
For more information, call Greenfield’s district office at 718-853-2704, or visit nyrp.org/brooklyntrees to reserve a tree.