Water and Land Use

Great Healthy Yard Project Great Healthy Yard Project
Don’t put toxins in your water: take the pledge to stop using pesticides for your yard. Take the No-Pesticide Pledge!
Organic Lawn Care Organic Lawn Care
Taking care of your lawn organically is not that difficult and will keep our land and water safe for everyone.
For a Healthy Yard, Go Native! For a Healthy Yard: Go Native!
Native species are adapted to grow in our area without pesticides, fertilizers, or even much maintenance.
Branch Out! Branch Out!
Branch Out! is a tree planting program by the Bedford Garden Club to celebrate 100 years of its commitment to Bedford.

Join us to help protect Bedford’s resources as well as our own health and well-being!! We address the issues of water quality and supply; land use and conservation; and the planting, protection and preservation of trees. It will focus on educating and mobilizing the community to take local action in these areas. It will also work with Town officials, local utility companies and others to assess and promote the most effective short, medium and long-term measures to accomplish the goals of the Climate Action Plan in these areas.

Our goals include:

  • Holding community wide meetings to address water quality as it relates to our health with a particular focus on how we can make can make a big improvement in our water quality and our families’ health easily by simply not using synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers and the improper disposal of pharmaceuticals and household chemicals
  • Encouraging and educating our community to adopt positive practices relating to land use and conservation by protecting open spaces, planting trees and preserving biodiversity
  • Sponsoring tree projects that educate the community about the value of trees in sequestering pollutants as well as carbon, absorbing storm water run off, protecting water supply and reducing impact of flooding
  • Encouraging removal of invasive species and the planting of native plants in residents yards. These plants don’t require chemicals to thrive, and they also support bees, birds, and other pollinators. (Visit the Westchester Native Plant Center for a list of these plants.)
  • Supporting pollinators through taking the recommendations of Hudson Valley Natural Beekeepers
campbell Elyse Arnow Brill
Pound Ridge Land Conservancy
needham Rod Christie
Executive Director, Mianus River Gorge
greco Lori Ensinger
President, Westchester Land Trust
greco Amy Gallen
Member, Rusticus Garden Club
mitchell Pat Kessee
Rusticus Garden Club
greco Nancy Kroenenberg
Member, Bedford Garden Club
needham Heather Langham
President of Board of Directors, John Jay Homestead
cutler Mimi Lines
Bedford Garden Club, Landscape Designer
needham Virginia Maybank
Co-founder, Branch Out!
Ann B. Paul
Director, Westmoreland Sanctuary
Karen Sabath Karen Sabath
Founder, Hudson Valley Natural Beekeepers, and Beekeeper, Rainbeau Ridge Farm
greco Simon Skolnik
Chair, Town of Bedford Conservation Board
greco Glenn Ticehurst
Principal, Benedek & Ticehurst
Don Weeden
Executive Director, Weeden Foundation