Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy will make up to 1,000 free trees available to Philadelphia residents through the TreePhilly program.
There will be 11 no-contact pickup events intended for residents of areas most in need of tree planting. Trees will also be available at one city-wide pickup event, and through a door-to-door delivery service for residents in high-risk populations and those unable to pick up their tree in a car.
“Trees make our Philadelphia communities healthier, safer, and more resilient to the devastating effects of climate change,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell. “This year, more than ever, we are proud to be able to offer Philadelphia residents the opportunity to be a part of this transformation in their own backyards.”
Since 2012, TreePhilly has given away over 25,000 trees in partnership with neighborhood organizations.
Registration for trees is now open at TreePhilly.org. The citywide pick-up event takes place on Oct. 23, while deliveries and neighborhood events will take place throughout the fall.
Trees are available while supplies last and pre-registration is required (there will be no trees available for walk-ins). Trees must be planted in the ground on private property in the city of Philadelphia. Delivery is reserved for residents in high-risk populations and those unable to pick up a tree in their car. Tree species offered are selected to meet resident needs and desires and withstand the changing climate. Highlights of the fall selection include a native tropical-tasting fruit tree called the PawPaw and urban-tolerant shade trees like the Black Gum and Sassafras, which provide beautiful fall color.