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More Than 1,100 Trees Planted in Western Queens, 420 in Sunnyside/Woodside

 

Dec. 23, 2014 By Michael Florio

Western Queens has gotten a whole lot greener in the past four years—as one community group has planted more than 1,100 trees.

Partnership for Parks, which represents a collaboration between the non-profit group City Parks Foundation and the Parks Department, has planted nearly 1,150 trees in schools, churches, public housing sites and on sidewalks.

Of those trees, nearly 640 were planted in Astoria, 310 in Woodside, 120 in Sunnyside and about 75 in Long Island City.

The initiative, officially called Greening Western Queens (GWQ) Urban Forestry and Community Stewardship Program, has also trained residents with the skills needed to look after the trees. Since the program was kicked off more than 100-tree care events have been held in Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City.

The City Parks Foundation and the Parks Dept. held an event earlier this month to celebrate the program. Two dozen volunteers and elected officials turned out to mark the occasion.

The funding for the four-year project came from a portion of the $17 million settlement that Con Edison made to compensate the public following the July 2006 power outage. Of that sum, $7.9 million went toward the Greening Western Queens program.

The leaders of the program aimed to plant 850 trees. In total, however, 1,150 trees were planted. Of those, 600 were planted on sidewalks and 530 were planted in publicly accessible private spaces, such as schools, churches and public housing sites.

It also installed a storm water mitigation bioswale (consisting of 27 trees and rain gardens) on the site of the Steinway & Sons piano factory in Astoria.

The project trained more than 400 people in tree care and held 128 tree care and greening events.

The program also installed 400 custom-designed tree guards and planted more than 1,800 native perennials in 117 tree beds.

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Love my bike

How about teaching people not to litter in the first place. We can clean up all we want but if we don’t teach people how to be respectful to the neighborhood then we will never be clean.

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el loco

Hey Sunnysider:

I agree with you. How about doing something about it in 2015 instead of just ranting about it.

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Sunnysider

We need to clean up the sidewalks also. They are a disgrace . People just throw garbage everywhere . Shame on them .

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Sunnyside Is Blooming

We are Sunnyside Is Blooming – a local environmental group made up of volunteers from Sunnyside who care for the environment in this neighborhood.. We owe our existence to Greening Western Queens and Partnership for Parks. We started in 2014 and were helped out tremendously with technical and financial assistance that these 2 groups gave us. In 2014 we initiated several planting and cleanup projects in Sunnyside. We are an inclusive group that encourages everyone in the neighborhood to get involved in our projects. As the year ends we say thanks to all the volunteers who came out and helped us on our environmental projects and look forward to bigger things in 2015. If you are interested in getting your hands dirty and helping the environment in your neighborhood make a resolution to get involved with us in 2015. [email protected].

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