May 15 2018 09:05 AM

Program supports more than 550 community gardens with materials and workshops to help them grow.

A group of youth volunteers, amateur gardeners and nonprofit helpers came together on May 12 to host a tree giveaway to celebrate GreenThumb’s 40th anniversary at the Discovery Community Garden in Jamaica, New York.

According to their website, GreenThumb was initiated in response to New York City's financial crisis of the 1970s, which resulted in the abandonment of public and private land.

Volunteers handed out about one hundred serviceberries, witchhazels and eastern redbuds.

To qualify for a free tree, recipients had to agree to plant the tree within the five boroughs, in their own yard or community garden and keep it watered and maintained, according to AMNY.

GreenThumb supports more than 550 community gardens with materials and workshops to help them grow.