I know I started strong last year with my arborphilia and then tapered off. Like many other things, tree care was lost in a wave of other responsibilities and commitments that I can’t remember now. But listen, this year I registered for the official pruning LICENSE. This is exciting for several reasons.
Firstly, it is a class. A five week class that takes place almost in my neighborhood- at the Bohemian Hall, a local institution. I am good at classes and I like them. I haven’t taken a multisession class in more than five years, and learning things = happiness.
Secondly, it is a license. The license is good for five years and my understanding is that it entitles you to come to the aid of any tree you encounter in public space in NYC. Authority and freedom to meddle- very empowering.
Thirdly, meeting the neighbors! During the class and while caring for neighborhood trees, I imagine there will be many opportunities to connect with my community. I like that.