Sunday, September 20, 2015

In Praise and Defense of Trees

Study after study attests to the many benefits of street trees--to humans and the environment--yet in Hudson, trees are more likely to be abused and destroyed than protected and venerated.

A reader sent this picture, taken yesterday, of the tree in front of 544 Warren Street. The cause of this damage to the tree is not known, but it doesn't appear to have been a casual accident.


  1. I asked once on the Hudson Community Board, does Hudson have a tree-planting initiative? Can you get free trees from the city? I'd love to plant a couple in my front, between the sidewalk and the curb.

    1. DivaBass--The City doesn't provide trees, but there is a program, which I believe is still in effect, whereby, if you provide the tree, the Department of Public Works will dig the hole and plant it for you. In my experience, hiring someone to plant a tree costs significantly more than the tree itself. There is also, or used to be, a list of recommended street trees available from DPW.