St. John's Episcopal Hospital Holds Tree Care Seminar
The workshop was attended by more than 30 people who represented more than 100 gardeners at the Hospital who, as departments, have adopted a tree and a mini-garden from among the 40 trees planted around the facility.
The trees were planted as part of MillionTreesNYC, a joint city and private initiative to plant a million trees in New York City, making it a greener place to live. So far, more than 220,000 trees have been planted, according to the Parks Department.
Parks representatives stated that the area of Far Rockaway surrounding St. John's had been declared a "Tree for Public Health Zone" and is earmarked for special tree planting. The determination for the zone was based on the high rate of asthma in the area, the low canopy cover and high density population.
Hospital staff received instructions on watering, weeding and mulching the pits around the trees as well as how to plant flowers around the trees. The Parks Department representatives said they hoped St. John's adoption of the trees would inspire others to plant and tend for the trees recently planted around Rockaway. To request a tree from MillionTreesNYC, please dial 311.