NYC Parks declares Mulchfest 2023 a smashing success, with 58,309 trees collected for tree-cycling during this year’s event, setting a new Parks record – 50,934 were recycled during Mulchfest 2021 – doubling the average collection in years past!
Mulchfest, part of New York City’s holiday tradition, encourages New Yorkers to make greening a family activity – turning holiday trees into mulch that is repurposed in parks and for gardening citywide.
The sites in each borough with the most trees chipped:
- Bronx: Co-Op City with 2,020
- Brooklyn: Marine Park with 3,404
- Manhattan: Carl Schurz Park with 2,340
- Queens: Hunter’s Point South Park with 668
- Staten Island: Clove Lakes Park with 320
Mulchfest 2023 ran from December 26th through January 8th, with 73 total drop-off sites – 34 being chipping sites – across the five boroughs, including city parks and GreenThumb gardens.
For more than 20 years, Parks has collected and mulched trees to help planting beds and community gardens around the city grow. Mulch maintains the health of our trees and plants citywide by deterring weeds, retaining moisture, preventing compaction, adding nutrients to the soil and keeping roots warm. Prior, on average Parks has mulched between 25,000 and 30,000 on average annually.
Courtesy of NYC Parks