Tree Philly offering saplings, famous planter

(Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

(Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia’s tree-planting program is up and running for another year. 

The TreePhilly program gives saplings to property owners in hopes of building an “urban forest,” said Kathryn Ott Lovell, the city’s parks and recreation commissioner.

“The only way we are going to meet our goal to increase the city’s tree canopy is by engaging Philadelphia residents in their homes, in their backyards, to plant trees, to be stewards of those trees,  and to spread the word about the importance of these trees,” said Lovell.

Beginning April 9, the city will start giving out trees at TD Bank locations. And a city-run contest offers the chance of having Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin will come to your home and plant a tree.


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