Residents make up their local tree bed
by Andrew Pavia
Aug 08, 2012 | 7352 views | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Contestant Yuliya from Brooklyn.
Contestant Yuliya from Brooklyn.
Members of the Chinese Community Center decorate a tree bed in Flushing.
Members of the Chinese Community Center decorate a tree bed in Flushing.
New York City streets are getting a little prettier thanks to a contest sponsored by Million Trees NYC with the partnership of the Parks Department. The contest encouraged residents to beautify a local street tree bed in an effort to raise awareness for stewardship throughout the five boroughs.

Contestants took a picture of their work and submitted it to the Million Trees NYC page on Facebook. There, fans of the page were able to vote once a day for the tree bed they wish.

But just making your local tree bed free of garbage won't cut it if you want to take home the grand prize in this contest. Pictures are already on the website featuring tree beds with gardens, flowers, signs and even a tree guard.

One contestant wrote on the website that after a group had planted marigolds in a local tree bed, a few children painted signs reminding residents, “don't trash the earth.”

The contest has been open to the public since submissions first started being collected on Friday, June 15 and the deadline for participants was Friday, August 3. A winner will be announced on Monday, August 20.

“The goal of the contest is to reward people who are already being creative and to inspire new stewards,” said Sarah Tobing, a forester for the Parks Department.

The overall winner will be rewarded with Million Trees gear and shirts, reusable grocery bag, New York City water bottle, and a Home Depot gift card at a ceremony in Central Park.

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