TreePhilly is a program of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy, sponsored by TD Bank. TreePhilly helps Philadelphia residents plant and care for trees.
Launched in 2011 in response to the Office of Sustainability’s Greenworks Plan, TreePhilly strives to reach 30% tree canopy coverage in every Philadelphia neighborhood by 2025. TreePhilly helps local residents connect with the resources they need to plant and care for the Philadelphia urban forest.
With the generous support of TD Bank, each year TreePhilly hosts special yard tree giveaways with community partners at more than 20 locations throughout the city in the spring and fall. Residents receiving free yard trees are given detailed information on how to plant and care for trees. In addition, The initiative is a growing success and with the help of Masterminds, a local branding agency, TreePhilly is reaching more and more Philadelphia households through innovative, fun campaigns including “The City of Arborly Love,” and “TreeHarmony.”
In 2018, the TreePhilly program expanded with the expanded support of TD Bank. With $1.125 million over the next three years, the expanded sponsorship includes support of the park’s natural lands restoration work, strategic planning, street tree planting, and the yard tree program.
To date, TreePhilly has since given away more than 21,500 free trees and engaged more than 9,000 Philadelphians.
Urban Forest Strategic Plan
In 2019, the City of Philadelphia announced the launch of its first-ever “Future of the Urban Forest” Planning Process. In support of city-wide equity and sustainability goals, the plan will establish a 10-year strategy to grow, protect, and care for Philadelphia’s tree canopy, and set forth new ways of working with residents to combat climate change. The plan will provide recommendations to the City and its partners on how to best coordinate and strengthen their work on tree planting and maintenance, and what role policy can play to support a more tree-friendly culture across the city.
The planning process launched in November 2019 with a citywide Tree Summit: a meeting of 100 of the Philadelphia’s leading arborists, environmental educators, and community leaders organized by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the City’s Philadelphia Office of Sustainability at the Discovery Center in East Fairmount Park.
To learn more about the Future of the Urban Forest Strategic Planning Process, please visit Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s website here.