2008-11-14 / Community

Volunteers Plant 1,800 Trees In Bayswater Park

By Miriam Rosenberg

April, from the Parks Department, demonstrates the correct way to plant a baby tree. The moist soil that comes with winter planting enables the trees to grow. April, from the Parks Department, demonstrates the correct way to plant a baby tree. The moist soil that comes with winter planting enables the trees to grow. As part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to make New York more green, 1,800 baby trees were planted behind and to the sides of the ball field in Bayswater Park near Beach 35 Street last Friday. The goal for MillionTreesNYC, a citywide public/private program, is to plant one million trees throughout the city over the next decade. The event was put together by Earth Day New York's Nurturing Nature program with the cooperation of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Staff members from the Parks Department and the Natural Resource Group and 70 volunteers took part in the planting.

Parks Department First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh helps students from PS 45 in Brooklyn with the planting. Parks Department First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh helps students from PS 45 in Brooklyn with the planting. Several different types of trees were planted including oaks and evergreens. A snow fence was put around the new plantings to protect them as they grow. Several different types of trees were planted including oaks and evergreens. A snow fence was put around the new plantings to protect them as they grow. New baby trees are planted near the Norton Basin in the park. Volunteers came from across the city and even from out of state. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg New baby trees are planted near the Norton Basin in the park. Volunteers came from across the city and even from out of state. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg

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