Update: TreePhilly is now out of free trees but they’ve told us to check out some upcoming community events for more later this month.
TreePhilly operated by Philadelphia Parks and Rec is dedicated to greening Philadelphia and making our air cleaner. And they show it by giving out free trees. Launched in the Spring of 2012 TreePhilly has since given out nearly 11,200 trees! Winner of the 2014 Philadelphia Geek Award for their Social Media Project “Arborly Love”. TreePhilly doesn’t just talk, they take action.
However, there is a catch to these free trees, you have to own your yard. No planting trees on your neighbors lawn or in the middle of our historical squares. If you rent, ask your landlord for permission before registering. Other than that it’s pretty simple to get up to two free trees.
How to get a free tree for your yard: Pre-register online or call 215-683-0217 today through April 1. There are walk-ins at the end of each day but trees are not guaranteed.
Where to get your free tree or 2: Pick up your trees at one of these locations:
Bridesburg Rec Center
4625 Richmond St, 19137
Saturday, April 11
Eastwick Regional Park
80th St & Mars Place, 19153
Saturday, April 11
Pennypack Environmental Center
8600 Verree Rd, 19115
Saturday, April 18
And how the hell are you going to get it home, if you’re a walker, biker, or transit nerd?! According to TreePhilly’s site:
“The trees we provide will be small enough that you can easily fit them into a compact car, bungee them onto a bike rack, or carry them home on the bus or train. They will weigh between 15 and 25 pounds each, depending on the type.”
What kind of tree will you get? What if you are unable to lift it and plant it yourself? Why is it a yard tree and not a sidewalk tree? Answers and more details are here.
Go, spread a little arborly love.