Urban Ecology Program
The Philly Forests Urban Ecology Program provides free trees, shrubs, and perennial plants to Philadelphia residents in the 13 zip codes with the lowest tree canopy. We aim to combat the effects of redlining, environmental racism, and climate change in Philadelphia through ecological community development.
The Rhodes Elementary School Environmental Program
Philly Forests has partnered with Rhodes Elementary School to create an ecologically-diverse landscape on school grounds. In 2022, we have established:
A Mini Food Forest- raised garden beds, fruit trees, and edible berry vines
A Perennial Pollinator Garden- native plant and shrub installation near the school sign
29th St Natural Fence- A border of tall overstory trees and shrubs providing shade and privacy to students during school hours
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Why is this important?
Trees are immensely unequally disbursed in Philadelphia, PA. Wealthier neighborhoods enjoy tree canopy coverage up to 86% while lower-income areas have canopy coverages as low as 3%.