By John Ostapkovich
Philadelphia, PA (October 26, 2007)- A tree-planting Saturday in West and Southwest Philadelphia is putting a little extra green into William Penn’s Green Country Towne. This effort by University City Green, part of NeighborWoods Month, will plant 61 trees and other plantings to come will push the number past 300.
Michael Hardy, Chairman of University City Green, says volunteers will go from block to block for site specific plantings: “We make certain we’re planting understory trees under high wires. We plant as large trees as possible in areas where we’ve got plenty of space for them to develop, and we plant some flowering trees in areas where we don’t have all that space.”
Hardy says there are plenty of environmental reasons to green-up Philadelphia, like cleaner air and less rainwater runoff, and he says trees make for a safer city.
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