Thousands of trees to be planted around Delaware Valley with help from Philadelphia Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Thousands of trees will be planted in the Delaware Valley this weekend.

It’s all in an effort to make an impact on the environment while paying tribute to an influential Philadelphia team.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has partnered with PGW and the Phillies to plant 2,000 trees in communities across the region. On Wednesday, volunteers unloaded and organized the trees at a warehouse in the Navy Yard.

“Sometimes people think that trees are just beautiful things, but we know through a lot of scientific research that they are essential infrastructure for healthy neighborhoods,” said Tim Ifill, director of trees at PHS.

“It definitely makes it a better living environment with trees instead of just all the concrete sidewalks,” said Phuong Ly, a volunteer.

Others will find their way into the suburbs of communities like New Britain, Hatboro, and Upper Darby Township.

“This allows us to lower summer temperatures to reduce the impact of the heat island that’s happening right there in Upper Darby Township,” said Michelle Schofield, an Upper Darby arborist.

While the trees will make a difference to the environment, a few hundred of them also pay tribute to the Phillies, a team that has certainly made a difference in the city.

“We have Bryson Stott here, what a great postseason he’s had,” said Mary Ann Moyer, director of community initiatives for the Phillies, as she pointed to a sign on one of the trees.

For every home run the Phillies hit during the season and postseason, the team donated a tree.

“This year we have 229 homers, our most ever, that’s 24 in the postseason. We really have Kyle Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, Bryce Harper and so many people to thank for going out on those trees in the Delaware Valley,” Moyer said.

Over the next few days, various communities will collect their trees and they will then be planted over the weekend.

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