New trees to be planted at St. Hubert

The 300,000th tree to be planted as part of the city’s “Plant One Mil­lion” pro­gram will be put in the ground on Fri­day morn­ing at St. Hubert Cath­ol­ic High School for Girls.

Twenty-two new trees will be planted on the school’s grounds at 7320 Tor­res­dale Ave., ac­cord­ing to Alan Jaffe, a Pennsylvania Hor­ti­cul­tur­al So­ci­ety spokes­man. PHS Tree Tenders will plant 800 trees throughout Phil­adelphia that week­end.

It’s a good time for all that plant­ing. After all, April 25 is Ar­bor Day.

Plant One Mil­lion’s pur­pose is to re­store the re­gion’s tree cov­er­age and en­com­passes 13 counties in three states. The pro­gram is led by PHS, Phil­adelphia Parks & Re­cre­ation De­part­ment, the TreeVi­tal­ize pro­gram of the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and Nat­ur­al Re­sources, the New Jer­sey Tree Found­a­tion and the Delaware Cen­ter for Hor­ti­cul­ture.

Par­ti­cip­at­ing in Fri­day’s plant­ing at St. Hubert’s will be Fran­cis Far­rell, the school’s pres­id­ent; PHS pres­id­ent Drew Bech­er; Gav­in Gos­ch­in­ski, a St. Hubert par­ent and a PHS Tree Tender; and Steph­en Goin, Phil­adelphia man­ager of Bart­lett Tree Ex­perts. ••

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