The Discovery Community Garden hosted a free tree giveaway in Jamaica on Saturday.

City residents could choose from a variety of young trees like a magnolia or serviceberry tree.

In order to receive a tree participants had to agree to plant it in one of the five boroughs, either in their yards or in a community garden. 

They also had to promise to care for it properly.

"It's really important to have trees, they found that areas with less trees have higher asthma, bad air quality, and we're just trying to make sure that the environment is as good as possible for future generations to come," said Marie Vulcain, the President of the Discovery Community Garden.

The event kicked off the 40th anniversary season for the Parks Department's "GreenThumbs" program.