23 trees, 17 volunteers, and a few hours later…

Julie Slavet
Nov 21, 2011

The Wingohocking (now called Germantown) Tree Tenders, established by TTF in partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), planted street and yard trees in Germantown on Friday, November 18, 2011. We were thrilled to participate in this citywide tree planting effort as part of the Plant One Million campaign. Seventeen volunteers from Earth Force, Arcadia University, and DePaul House, as well as individuals came out to help. We planted 23 trees, including Amelanchier laevis, Ulmus ‘Accolade,’ and Acer miyabei ‘State Street.’ In total, Philadelphia is 1200 trees healthier and happier today because of these efforts!

Street Tree Planting—Almost Done
Volunteers hard at work planting trees.

TTF created the Wingohocking Tree Tenders, now known as the Germantown Tree Tenders, in response to the declining tree population in Germantown and a growing demand for street trees. Trees contribute to clean water in our city by absorbing rainwater after it hits the ground. We educate residents on the benefits of trees in urban areas, plan and implement new tree plantings, and care for existing trees. This is a fun and exciting group of people who are focused on beautifying our community!

Thank you so much to the supporters of this effort: Bryner Chevrolet and Fill A Bagel of Jenkintown, High Point Cafe of Mount Airy, Awbury Arboretum, Habitat for Humanity, the Fairmount Organic Recycling Center of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Watch volunteers spread mulch around the base of a newly planted tree and give it water.

See more photos from this event in this Flickr set.

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