Never Too Early: Philadelphia Fall Tree Planting Program

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The PHS/Tree Vitalize Planting Program supports neighborhood volunteer tree planting. Tree Tenders groups in Philadelphia that are willing and able to organize a neighborhood volunteer tree planting event of at least 10 trees are invited to apply. PHS will supply the trees and pavement cuts. Submitting an application does not guarantee your group will receive trees. Eligibility and selection criteria are described below. Funding for seasonal plantings is limited. Send completed applications, along with signed property owner tree request forms by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2013 to:

PHS Plant One Million
100 N. 20th St., 5th flr
Philadelphia, PA 19103


To be eligible to apply for trees you must:

Be an active, approved Tree Tenders group, with at least three people who have graduated from PHS’ Tree Tenders class.

For first-time applicants, at least one representative must attend a training session before you can begin soliciting applications.

If approved, your group will receive:

  • Between 10 and 100 trees to plant in your neighborhood, based on your group’s request, capacity, and level of experience. The number, species, and type of nursery stock (balled & burlap, container, or bare root) of trees approved will be determined by PPR and PHS. Bare-root trees will be used wherever possible.
  • Cutting and removal of pavement, as needed and as funding allows. However, please note that if the property owner cancels the tree request after submitting the request form and the sidewalk has already been cut, the owner will be held responsible for the cost of replacing the pavement. (Property owners are also responsible for removing any stumps.)
  • Tree stakes and arbor ties.

The cover sheet and forms are below. For more information about the planting program contact Nina Safavi, Plant One Million Coordinator (, 215-988-1618).

Tree Tenders: Philadelphia Application Group Cover Sheet

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Tree Tenders: Property Owner Request Form

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PHS Tree Tenders: Philadelphia Application Process

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Tree Tenders groups planting for the first time should send a representative to our Organizing a Tree Planting Training. To reserve a space in upcoming Tree Tenders training programs on Wed., February 20th, from 6:30-8:00, contact PHS Education Services (, 215-988-8845) or click here.

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