Tree Tenders Basic Training

Posted on September 02, 2013

Tree Tenders’ Basic Training Scheduled for Fall

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will offer its nine-hour Tree Tenders training course, which empowers and teaches concerned residents how to make dramatic strides toward restoring and caring for the local tree population, in three locations:
•    Bucks County,  September 12, 19 and 26 — 6-9 pm at Middletown Municipal Center, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne, PA.
•    Delaware/Philadelphia Counties,  September 17, 24 and October 1 — 6-9 pm  at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, 8601 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA.
•    Philadelphia County, October 2, 9 and 16 — 5:45 -9 pm at PHS Headquarters at 100 North 20th Street (20th and Arch), Philadelphia, PA.

The Tree Tenders program is a vital element of the new PHS initiative, Plant One Million, the multi-state tree campaign to replenish the tree population of 13 counties in the Greater Philadelphia region, southern New Jersey and Delaware. The region has lost millions of trees in recent decades to development. The new initiative will involve local governments, corporate sponsors, organizations, schools, civic groups and residents in reaching the goal of a 30 percent tree canopy – the area of land shaded by trees.

The Tree Tenders course offers hands-on tree care training for residents and covers tree biology, urban stresses on trees, tree identification, tree planting, community organizing, tree pruning and root care. Given the intensity of the training, the training is not appropriate for children under age 16.

A community can form a Tree Tenders group by having three or more people graduate from the course. Benefits include tree grant and volunteer tree planting opportunities.

Fee for the course is $25. Pre-registration is required. Please register online at http://www.pennhort.net/treetenders .

For more information, contact  Mindy Maslin ( in Philadelphia)   215 988 8844 or mmaslin@pennhort,org or Barley Van Clief ( in the counties) , 215-988-8793, bvanclief@pennhort.org.
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