Williamsburg students help clean up Green-Wood
Nearly two dozen high school students converged on a 150-foot tall, downed oak tree in Green-Wood Cemetery on Wednesday, December 12. These students, all from Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, were on scene to help in whatever way they could.
The behemoth shared the same story as many other recently downed trees in Green-Wood; it was felled by strong winds from Hurricane Sandy and, on its way down, damaged some of the very old and historic tombstones and monuments the cemetery is known for.
“Half of the trees that fell, fell on monuments” said Art Presson, Green-Wood’s superintendent of grounds. He estimated that nearly 300 trees — many of them large — were damaged in the storm. As the cemetery’s staff has been stretched thin by clean up efforts since, he was ecstatic to have some extra help.
The army of students consisted of all volunteers. “The school was offering it, so I decided to help out,” said one 12th-grader Felix Vargas. “It’s a great way to help the community, and the grounds are amazing to see.”