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Citizen Pruner Certification

Thursday, May 2, 2019

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.

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With Citizen Pruner certification from Trees New York, members of GreenThumb community gardens can do basic pruning of small trees and shrubs in the garden and nearby street tree beds. Trees New York’s Citizen Pruner Tree Care Course trains volunteers in tree care, biology, identification, and pruning. The course consists of eight hours of classroom training, four hours of hands-on experience in the field, and a test on the information learned in the class. Pruning helps produce strong, healthy and attractive trees. Pruning strengthens a tree’s resistance to damage and breakage and prevents the formation of large wounds that often lead to tree failure or decay. Removing dead and damaged limbs improves the overall health of the tree and reduces the likelihood of branches falling, which can cause injuries and property damage.

To apply, please visit Deadline to apply: Monday, April 8.

GreenThumb has reserved a limited number of seats for community gardeners to get certified. Gardeners must apply to take the course. If accepted, they will be required to take a test and complete eight hours of volunteer time helping with the pruning needs at GreenThumb community gardens. Upon completion, graduates will receive a small set of pruning tools.

Dates: Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 18  from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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100 Gold Street, Manhattan
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