Do you like to mess around in dirt? Ever gotten a thrill out of seeing things sprout and bloom? Simply curious about how the heck Philly street trees can survive amidst all the concrete and pollution, or frankly skeptical about how it’s possible to for trees to earn you and your neighbors money?

You may have heard the phrase “tree tenders” thrown about by the Clean & Green folks and may be wondering what exactly that means. If you’re curious about how street trees survive and thrive in our urban jungle, and are interested in becoming involved in city-wide efforts to green things up, then the Tree Tenders Course run by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society may be the thing for you.

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On Tuesday, January 23rd at 7pm in the Fels South Philadelphia Family Center (2407 South Broad Street) the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is holding a public hearing regarding the proposed reauthorization of the Philadelphia Water Department’s (PWD) Clean Water Act pollution permit.

Please come to the meeting to ask DEP to address some of these issues, and let your friends, family and neighbors know to get the word out. Continue reading