Spring’s just around the corner - here’s how to get your hands on a free tree to plant in your yard.
Philadelphia’s Department of Parks & Recreation in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Wells Fargo & Co. have trees for Philadelphia residents.
Registration for the spring 2013 TreePhilly giveaway is now open. Through March 31, property owners can submit requests for a free yard tree to plant on their private property.
TreePhilly will give away 2,500 trees this spring. Philadelphia residential property owners can request up to two trees, and community groups that own large private properties with community access, such as faith-based institutions and senior centers, can register for up to 10 trees.
TreePhilly is offering a couple nearby pick-up locations in April. Participants who pre-register for the yard tree giveaway will be able to select their pick-up site and date. At each pick-up location, TreePhilly will offer tree planting and care demonstrations. Those who participate in the demonstration will receive free raffle tickets for a free tree watering bag.
Pick up trees:
— Saturday, April 6, from 2 to 4 p.m., Second Baptist Church of Frankford, 1801 Meadow St.
— Sunday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Kensington CDC Garden Center, 1825 Frankford Ave.
Residents with limited mobility can apply for free tree delivery and planting by a representative from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.
Space for this service is limited and residents are encouraged to apply early by contacting Erica Smith Fichman at 215-683-0217 or by visiting www.treephilly.org.
There will be a “leftovers” day schedule in April (exact date to be determined), where extra trees will be available to residents on a first-come, first-served basis.
Reporter John Loftus can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.