400 Harrison Avenue
Glenside, PA 19038

Native Riparian Buffer and Bird Habitat

In Spring 2009, TTF replaced 10,000 square feet of lawn grass along the fence behind the Glenside Elementary School with native trees, shrubs and grasses. These plantings provide a much-needed buffer between the massive school lawn and the creek that runs alongside it.

The project improves the health of the creek while providing students with hands-on learning about watershed ecology and protection. Native plants help absorb stormwater to slow flooding, prevent erosion of the creek’s banks, and keep fertilizers, salt, trash and other pollutants out of the creek’s waters.

This project is an Audubon-certified Native Bird Habitat. TTF received a Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Community Greening Award for this project in 2009.

Cheltenham School District
Cheltenham Township’s Environmental Advisory Council
Glenside Elementary School
Glenside Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization
NAM Planning & Design
Royal Bank of Canada
Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership

Barb Duffy from the Cheltenham Environmental Advisory Council helps a student plant

Download our riparian buffer brochure here [.pdf].

Read news articles about this project:

Glenside News: School Project Earns Recognition [.pdf]
Glenside News: Volunteers Clean up at School [.pdf]

For more information, contact:
Alix Howard, Director of Education and Outreach