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Become a member for Earth Day and offer a thriving High Line habitat to native pollinators, birds, and other essential creatures—and keep the park’s ecosystem healthy.

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Spring Cutback

Spring Cutback is one of our most important team-building exercises, strengthening the relationship between us, our supporters, and our gardens. At the High Line, we leave our displays of dried leaves, stalks, and seedheads standing through the winter, providing habitat for birds and other animals.

To make room for new spring growth, every March our horticulture team completes the massive task of cutting back our plants by hand, to be composted and returned to the soil.

Spring Cutback is one of our most important team-building exercises, strengthening the relationship between us, our supporters, and our gardens. At the High Line, we leave our displays of dried leaves, stalks, and seedheads standing through the winter, providing habitat for birds and other animals.

To make room for new spring growth, every March our horticulture team completes the massive task of cutting back our plants by hand, to be composted and returned to the soil.

Composting & Debris

We’re proud to be composting 100% of our plant material—which allows us to generate healthy food for our plants and soil organisms.

Recycling plant debris into our plant beds as mulch, compost, and enables last year’s growth to foster the health of our gardens this year. This process will mimic the natural decomposition of plant life—and subsequent nutrient uptake by new plants—that would take place in a wild landscape.

During this busy Spring Cutback season, you may notice that we’re leaving some plants and leaf litter in-place. We made this change because more than 20 species of wild bees make their homes on the High Line—and some species are so tiny that they spend winter inside plant stems no wider than coffee stirrers! Spiders, ladybugs, lacewings, and others live here, too, and help our gardens by eating harmful pests. By keeping dead plant material around, we’re protecting the homes of these precious pollinators and pest-eaters.

Volunteer

Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines, we are not accepting general volunteers for our 2021 Spring Cutback. If you’re interested in learning about future volunteer opportunities, please fill out this form.

Volunteers join an enthusiastic and dedicated team, work side-by-side with High Line gardeners to shear back grasses and perennials using pruners and scissors, and help us prepare for a lush, beautiful growing season Spring Cutback.

To stay in the loop on our Spring Cutback efforts, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @highlinenyc.

 

Adopt a Plant

Be part of the deep care and effort that goes into keeping the High Line wild—and open for everyone. Adopt a High Line plant, and you’ll help keep our gardens thriving all year long.

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Support

TD Bank is the Presenting Green Sponsor of the High Line.

The Volunteer Program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Council.