Northeast Philadelphia is a little bit greener this November. Riverfront North Partnership and Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership collaborated on five events in October to plant and give away over 350 trees in the Frankford and Holmesburg Neighborhoods. This effort was made possible by partnership with Arbor Day Foundation and Bank of America.
“This project enabled us to work with one of our favorite partners to do one of our favorite things — get trees planted in our watershed. We are so grateful to the volunteers who planted 50 trees in Tacony Creek Park, and the 25 community residents who planted 50 trees in their yards. The increase in tree canopy will make our neighborhoods cooler and our creek cleaner” said Julie Slavet, Executive Director of TTF Watershed Partnership.
Volunteers young and old, both experienced and first time planters, worked together to plant more than a dozen varieties of native trees in Tacony Creek Park and Pennypack on the Delaware. These plantings will not only increase the tree canopy, improving heat island effect, cleaning the air and filtering the water; they will also help beautify the parks and mitigate the increasing flooding in our city.
Volunteer Nic Uff said it best, “being out here and seeing trees that were planted 10 years ago, and seeing some that were just planted last spring all thriving, really gives me hope that places like this where people can come outside and be in nature will go on for years and years to come.”
Additional thanks to Tree Philly, Frankford Community Development Corp, Holmesburg Civic and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.
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