Plant One Million had a smashing success with its November 5 initiative to plant 2,100 trees (and 60 shrubs!) in the tri-state region. Hundreds of volunteers turned out to plant, and the results of their efforts are inspiring. So where did all those new trees end up?
FDR Park in South Philadelphia. More than 100 trees were planted in the groves around this beautiful South Philadelphia park. Opening celebrations were led by PHS President Drew Becher; Michael DiBerardinis, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources; State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson; and Gregory Jacovini, President of the Friends of FDR Park; the Eagles cheerleaders; and finally, Swoop, the Eagles mascot, who later took shovel in hand (I mean—wing) to help get some of those new trees in the ground.
Vernon Park, Philadelphia. Here Philadelphia Parks and Recreation partnered with PHS, the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership and the Friends of Vernon Park as part of LOVE Your Park Day. About 100 volunteers came to the park in Germantown to plant a rain garden, rake leaves and plant 10 new trees. Mayor Michael Nutter; Parks and Rec Commissioner Mike DiBerardinis; Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug; and many more were there to enjoy the beautiful weather and spend some time greening Philadelphia.
West Branch of the Brandywine Creek, Chester County, Pa. In a planting funded through a TreeVitalize Watersheds grant and coordinated by PHS and the Brandywine Conservancy, volunteers planted more than 1,530 small container trees on a hillside by a tributary to the Brandywine in Unionville.
North Camden Little League home field, Point and Eerie Streets, Camden, N.J. Ten new trees were planted by this baseball field in Camden with the leadership of the New Jersey Tree Foundation. Partners included Concerned Citizens of North Camden, MAFCO Worldwide Corporation, and United Water Camden.
Old New Castle, Del. The Delaware Center for Horticulture planted 40 trees in Old New Castle in partnership with the New Castle Tree Commission and 40 community volunteers.
White Clay Creek, Newark, Del. Ten trees and 60 shrubs were planted along the banks of the White Clay Creek near the historic Hale Byrnes House, 606 Stanton-Christiania Rd., Newark.
Want to see some awesome photos of the FDR Tree Planting? Head on over to the Plant One Million Facebook page and check ’em out.
The next step for tree lovers? Tending these newbies through their first winter. Want to help? Check out PHS’s new series of tree-care videos on Youtube to learn more about how to properly tend a tree.
Thanks so much to everyone who came out and volunteered, and to all the sponsors who continue to help us Plant One Million!