BrooklynShade launched it's first Tree Bed Guard Building Clinic on November 1st at the 6/15 Green community garden in Park Slope. We had a great turnout with folks from as far as Brooklyn Heights. On hand was Art Simpson from NYC Central Forestry and Horticulture to help with the hard questions and Chris Mazza, a local furniture restoration expert to oversee our project. The 2 hour class went 30 minutes over but it was worth it. Everyone got hands on experience building a guard for one of the street trees planted outside the garden fence.
Pamela Brown, one of the participants and director of the event sponsor, SouthSlopeDog pointed out that "working with BrooklynShade makes perfect sense for community dog owners. Once one dog marks a tree, several others will follow. By placing a guard around our street trees it discourages dogs from doing their business in the same place. It also reminds our community dog owners to curb their pets."
BrooklynShade would like to thank the 6/15 Green community garden for the assistance in launching the Tree Bed Guard Building Clinic. We can't think of a better spot to host the event. The location was beautiful and everyone at the garden was helpful and kind.
Also, we would like to thank the Department of Parks and Recreation, MillionTreesNY, and Partnerships for Parks for all of their assistance. With special thanks to Ellen Arnstein and Laura Wooley from Parks.
All event participants go home with a material list and blue print of a simple and affordable tree guard. We hope to see our design popping up in and around Brooklyn.