Selected Highlights: 2014-2017
Continuing a longstanding tradition, the STC hosts the township’s annual Arbor Day celebration. 2017 Marked the 10th year as a Tree City USA Awardee, which recognizes our ongoing commitment to excellence in urban forestry.
We rely on a volunteer core of regular volunteers and trained Tree Tenders, through local outreach and formal training provided by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Join us!
Street Tree Inventory
In early 2014, we completed a professional inventory of street trees within each of the 5 business districts. This provided a detailed look at the size, diversity, health and maintenance priorities for 600 trees. We use this inventory to guide selection and planting priorities for projects across the township.
We partner with the Zoning Rewrite Committee, and continue to propose language and provide recommendations for a practical mix of public outreach and ordinance.
Heritage Tree Program
A heritage tree can be a single tree or grove of trees. Trees can be nominated as an individual or a collection, but must have the owner's approval and meet criteria for health in addition to being selected according to one of the following categories:
- Specimen: A tree of exceptional size, form, or rarity
- Historic: A tree recognized by virtue of its age, or historical significance
- Ecological: Provides preservation of a valuable habitat
- Landmark: Trees that are landmarks of a community; scenically prominent from public view
- Collection: Trees in a notable grove, avenue, or other planting.
Ardsley Community Center
In 2015 and 2016 volunteers planted the street trees along the perimeter of this property, and enhanced the front lawn with a mix of canopy and understory trees.
Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary
We have begun to develop a detailed forest stewardship plan for the 88-acre Ardsley Wildlife Sanctuary, building on the Land Management Plan developed by Land Concepts in 2008. In the meantime, we initiated a series of related mini-projects to support the sanctuary.
In 2017 we were awarded a DCNR grant to restore 2 acres of woodlands in the vicinity of the main entrance, and to better connect neighborhoods with the sanctuary.
In April 2015 Troop 48 Glenside Boy Scouts planted a grove of trees to provide much-needed shade for the Crestmont Park summer camp area. In November, the STC planted a set of trees to beautify the entrance way at Reservoir Avenue, complements of a PECO Right Tree Right Place grant.
Grove Park – Home of the STC
Since the creation of Grove Park in 2011, many enjoy direct access to the Grove Park dog run from Easton Road, just north of Woodland Avenue. In April, 2012 the STC took on the challenge of enhancing this community center by designing and creating an educational center featuring a range of best practices. We continue to base the STC operation at the Grove House.
Grove Park Riparian Corridor
Since 2014, we have hosted a series of projects to clear the park of invasive plants, and to plant the banks along the Sandy Run Creek within the park with native trees, shrubs and forbes.
In partnership with Duke Properties and the Friends of Hallowell Park, we have created a compelling streetscape along two blocks- Kenmore and Highland Avenues, along with buffer tree plantings within Hallowell Park. This provides our first example of the use of fasitgiate trees that are suitable for tight spaces, and beauty and shade for those who rely on Hallowell Park for sports, wildlife viewing and general relaxation.
Arbor Day 2017 brought 20 new trees to Memorial Island, This is the first of a a planned series of tree enhancements along Old York Road.
We were awarded a $20,000 grant from TDGreenStreets to create a pedestrian-friendly walking corridor that connects Grove Park with the Roslyn District, as well as to offer free trees to nearby residents.