Street trees provide shade and beautify your neighborhood, absorb noise, filter pollution, reduce storm water runoff, and improve property values.
When you think of green space, what comes to mind? Open, grassy fields, meadows and most certainly, trees! Trees are very important to our environment. They liven up our urban spaces, shade us from the hot sun, absorb noise, filter pollution and may even strengthen neighborhood ties and improve quality of life.
Unfortunately our region’s tree canopy is decreasing as trees are not being replaced at the same rate of removal. A 2003 study by the USDA Forest Service and American Forests, Inc. in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources released a study estimating that the five county Philadelphia region has lost five million trees over the past 15 years. That’s astounding.
Street Tree Planting Requests
A property owner can request a street tree to be planted by Fairmont Park. Street trees are defined as trees planted between a street curb and sidewalk. After Fairmont Park receives this request an arborist will inspect the location to determine whether it is an appropriate and safe location for a tree to be planted. The arborist will determine which species of tree is best suited for the location. After the site inspection is done, a Planting Permission Form will be left for the property owner to fill out and send back to Fairmont Park. When (they) receive the form, the location is then placed on a future planting list. Fairmont Park will not plant a street tree without a signed permission form on file.
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Planting of street trees is done in the spring and fall and is dependent upon available funding. There is no charge or fee associated with your request.
Fairmont Park provides tree maintenance services for trees located within the park system and trees planted along the streets of the City (street trees). Street trees are defined as trees planted between a street curb and sidewalk. Trees located on private property, rear yards, or in alleys do not fall under the jurisdiction of Fairmont Park.
If you have concern with an existing tree please complete a Tree Maintenance Service Request Form. There is no charge or fee associated with your request.