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Luke Drake and the Cook Organic Garden Club Executive Committee

The two corkscrew willow trees in my plot of ground within the Cook Organic Garden Club have been growing there for over 10 years. The regulations that you have created within the Club state that trees should not be planted within the gardens but it does not address trees that were already there prior to these rules being established. 

These trees have facilitated a healthy ecosystem for birds, bees and other animals. Trees have also proven to be extremely beneficial to gardens through a new form of gardening called agroforestry. With their long roots, trees are able to retract water and nutrients from deep beneath the ground - places where other plants cannot reach. The trees carry these nutrients into their leaves that pass them on to the top soil when they fall to the ground, thus allowing for other plants to utilize the fresh nutrients.

I urge the executive committee to rethink its decision to remove the trees and allow me to continue caring for them.



Signed,

Jeanine DeNitto

This petition closed almost 2 years ago

How this will help

The Cook Organic Garden Club is run by a student organization as a part of Rutger's University in New Brunswick, NJ. However, plots can be cared for by people outside of the college community if...

The Cook Organic Garden Club is run by a student organization as a part of Rutger's University in New Brunswick, NJ. However, plots can be cared for by people outside of the college community if they adhere to the rules and regulations set in place by the club. I do not belong to the college but have followed all of the rules set in place up until the recent announcement that the trees on my plot must be cut down.

Their rule pertaining to the trees in my plot is as follows:

"Trees are not to be planted in individual garden plots. Trees may be planted in designated border areas or in pots. Shrubs and tall plants should be planted where they are least likely to cast shade on other plots. Any garden structures should be constructed to minimize shading neighboring plots." [1]

I have taken care of the Corkscrew Willow trees in my garden for the past ten years but this rule was established only five years ago. Now, the executive committee is planning to remove them on April 13th without my approval. As a statement to protect all forms of nature, please sign this petition to help me save these trees! 

[1] Cook Organic Garden Club


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