Horticultural Advisory Committee

Role & Responsibility 

The Horticultural Advisory Committee advises the Board of Trustees on matters related to overall tree preservation, cultivation and management of flora, indigenous plantings, trees, and green spaces throughout the Village.  HAC provides input for significant plantings in Village parks, public walkways, the Central Business District, and the welcome ways at Village boundaries.  The goal of the Committee is to foster sustainable natural plantings, reduce ongoing maintenance costs, and encourage the selection of appropriate horticultural efforts to create enduring green spaces that are aesthetically pleasing and sustainable.

Representative activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist and advise the Planning Board to ensure appropriate plantings or tree preservation on a subject site.
  • Disseminate news and information regarding the best practices for protection, maintenance, planting, and legal removal trees on public or private property.
  • Develop and disseminate educational programs related to local garden cultivation, lawncare, mulching, fallen leaf management, pest control, and natural options for property maintenance.
  • Advise the Board of Trustees and make recommendations as to appropriate plantings or horticultural maintenance programs on Village-owned properties, parks, sidewalks, trails, and other places of public gatherings.
  • Update and enhance Briarcliff’s Natural Resource Inventory and Open Space Plan.
  • Make recommendations to the Board of Trustees as to desirable legislation concerning the tree program and activities related to plantings within the Village.

Meetings

The Board meets monthly, and on an ad hoc basis as needed and when requested by the Board of Trustees.