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PEC Receives TreePhilly Yard Tree Giveaway Grant
Event scheduled for Saturday, November 14 at Saunders Park

Philadelphia, November 5, 2015 -- TreePhilly, a program of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR), the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Wells Fargo, will give away 50 trees in teh Community Yard Tree Giveaway to residents of Belmont, Mantua, Mill Creek, Saunders Park and West Powelton through People\'s Emergency Center Community Development Corporation with help from the Dornsife Center at Drexel University.  These trees are free to eligible residents for planting on private property.

Neighbors can register to pick up a free yard tree by calling Kevin Brown at 267-777-5820 or going to Trees can be picked up at PEC\'s Free Tree Giveaway on November 14 from 10am to 2pm in Saunders Park (Baring and Saunders Streets) . TreePhilly tree experts will provide participants with a planting and care demonstration, free mulch, and educational materials.  The Tree Giveaway event will also feature resources, yoga in the park, a dog and owner photo contest, park clean-up and hot cider.

PEC Community Development Corporation programs respond to community needs and build on neighborhood assets to improve the quality of life for all West Philadelphia residents.  Yard Trees improve the scenery of neighborhoods and the health of a city\'s residents.

TreePhilly connects Philadelphia property owners, businesses, and neighbors with teh resources they need to plant and care for trees.  To date, TreePhilly has given away 13,000 free yard trees, contributing to Mayor Nutters goal of reaching 30% tree canopy coverage in each Philadelphia neighborhood.

"TreePhilly is an important tool we employ in our pursuit of becoming the greenest city in America," said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  "I encourage all Philadelphians who have the capacity to plant and care for a tree -- either in their yards or on the street -- to register for this event and receive a free tree.  Everyone can do something to make our city more liveable and more beautiful; consider planting a tree this year."

"I want to thank our partners the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Wells Fargo Bank for their continued partnership and support of the TreePhilly program," said Deputy Mayor Michael DiBerardinis. "I also want to thank all of the community organizations that have been working with us the past four years to help promote the TreePhilly yard tree giveaway program.  Their grassroots support has helped us reach many more people than we could have on our own."

There are several ways community members can get involved with TreePhilly, including planting and caring for trees on their property, volunteering for a tree planting event in their local park, or sponsoring community service days to plant and maintain trees.  For more information, community members can visit or call 215-683-0217.

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