Tuesday, January 13, 2009

making much out of mulch

This year's tree-mulching campaign in Cobble Hill Park was a great success. Tom Synnott of the Cobble Hill Tree Fund writes in with this report:
Despite the cold weather and the threat of deep snow (which never materialized) we had a record tree chipping—631 trees. A good deal of mulch was given back to parents and children in Mulch-fest bags provided by our friend and Brooklyn Forester, Andy Rabb.

Many people helped make this a successful neighborhood event as well. For the Tree Fund there were Dick Van Bolt, Sarah Erlij, John Kibbe, Georgia Willett,Tony Zinsser, Proctor Schenk, Gale, Ian and Tom Synnott and a new addition to our group Jennifer Stoody. Three troops of boy scouts did yeoman work gathering trees from nearby blocks, pulling trees to the chipper and disentangling lights and ornaments form the trees. Troop 815's Scout Master Louis Garcia, Troop 213's Scout Master Rich Kelley, and Ass't Scout Master Chris Conner made the work go faster and seem fun at the same time. I think there was a third troop but don't have their number at this time.

Two truck-loads of mulch went to Red Hook Park where they will improve the fields.

We were fortunate to be able to get warmed up and have hot chocolates at the new coffee shop 'Ted and Honey' which bore up well with the noise.

Finally, Hollis Fitch and his able helper from Prospect Tree Service made it all possible.

Thanks to everyone for all your hard work.

2 comments:

nosisan said...

Hi, I am always late to the party. I've not yet taken down my tree but ready to do so now. What are my options? I'm afraid if I put it on the sidewalk for regular trash pickup, they'll fine my landlord or something. Help!
(btw, I live in BedStuy)

Dave 'Paco' Abraham said...

Here's the sanitation Dept press release. They've been doing free tree recycling 1/4 - 1/15.
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dsny/html/pr2009/122809.shtml

since that's now done, I'd just call 311 and ask.