TreePhilly program to offer free trees to city residents

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Parks and Recreation announced this fall they will offer up to 1,000 Philadelphia residents a free tree through the TreePhilly program, a partnership with Fairmount Park Conservancy sponsored by TD Bank.

The goal of the TreePhilly program is to support every Philadelphia neighborhood in establishing a healthy canopy of trees.

In order to protect residents against the spread of COVID-19, the program has added some new options to adhere to strict health requirements. So in order to get your free tree you must first pre-register online through their website or call (215) 683-0217.

Social distancing and masks will be required at every tree pickup event and deliveries will be adhere to social distancing guidelines. Pickups will take place at scheduled times in strictly limited numbers, staff will practice social distancing, and residents will load trees into their own cars.

"Planting a tree is not only a great way for Philadelphians to get outdoors, but it's also part of improving the long-term public health of our communities," said Fairmount Park Conservancy Executive Director Maura McCarthy, Ph.D.

"Trees provide essential services for city residents — they lower stress levels, improve our respiratory health, and cool our homes on hot summer days."

If you can't make it out to an event you can sign up on line for a tree to be delivered to right your door.