Now through May 18, Queens residents will be able to pick up free trees as part of the city’s MillionTreesNYC program to plant 1 million over a 10-year period.
Former Mayor Bloomberg started the initiative in 2007 to help provide cleaner air, cooler temperatures and to offset climate change. New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit group, is the leading private partner with the city for the program.
Anne Tan, NYRP spokeswoman, said recently that the undertaking hopes to reach its goal two years early in 2015 and to meet that it is launching its largest spring giveaway with 12,000 trees throughout the city.
The free trees are to be planted in front or backyards, gardens or commercial property, not on the street, in containers or on balconies.
City property owners can register online to secure a tree two weeks prior to a giveaway by going to nyrp.org/treegiveaways. Additional trees may be available on the day of the event, first come, first served.
Species available include dogwood, fig, magnolia and serviceberry
Queens locations include:
Saturday, April 5, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Partner: Bayside-Whitestone Lions Club, A & S Nursery at 23-02 Francis Lewis Blvd., Whitestone.
Saturday, April 5, 1 to 3 p.m. Partner: Queens Library at Woodside, 54-22 Skillman Ave.
Saturday, April 5, 9 to 11 a.m. Partner: Richmond Hill Economic Development Council. Location: 95th and Atlantic avenues, Phil “Scooter” Rizzuto Park, Richmond Hill.
Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. to noon. Partner: Home Depot, 131-35 Avery Ave., Flushing.
Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. to noon. Partner: Home Depot, 75-09 Woodhaven Blvd., Forest Hills.
Sunday, April 13, 10 a.m. to noon Partner: Home Depot, 112-20 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park.
Sunday, April 13, 10 a.m. to noon. Partner: Home Depot, 50-10 Northern Blvd., Long Island City.
Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Partner: TD Bank, 73-55 Grand Ave., Maspeth.
Saturday, May 3, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Partner: PS 219,144-39 Gravett Road, Kew Gardens.
Sunday, May 4, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Partner: Susty Q and Ozone Park CSA. Location: 87th Street and Pitkin Avenue, Ozone Park.
Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to noon. Partner: New York Anti-Crime. Location: 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue North, Astoria Park Parking Lot under the Triboro Bridge.
Sunday, May 11, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Partner: GreenStar Hub, 108-23 Jewel Ave., Forest Hills.
Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Partner: Build It Green! NYC, 3-17 26 Ave., Astoria.
Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to noon. Partner: Douglaston Garden Club, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Little Neck.
Saturday, May 17, 10 a.m. to noon. Partner: Friends of Cunningham Park, 196-20 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows.
Sunday, May 18, 1 to 3 p.m. Partner: Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance. Location: Queens Boulevard and 70th Avenue, MacDonald Park, Forest Hills.
Sunday, May 18, noon to 2 p.m. Partner: HarborLAB, 53-21 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City.