PHILADELPHIA, PA – East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association (EPX) in Philadelphia, PA, has been awarded a Level 1 Accreditation for the East Passyunk Crossing Arboretum by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum.
The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various development, capacity, and professional levels. EPX is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.
East Passyunk Crossing Arboretum is First Neighborhood in PA to Receive Level 1 Accreditation
The East Passyunk Crossing Arboretum is the second urban neighborhood in the United States to be
accredited by ArbNet, and the first neighborhood in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to achieve this standing. The East Passyunk Crossing Arboretum is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants. The East Passyunk neighborhood’s dedicated volunteer team of Tree Tenders – tree enthusiasts who the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society trains – worked diligently to do research, plant trees, apply for, and document their work over a couple of years to secure this achievement.
“We are thrilled by the recognition from ArbNet and the Morton Arboretum designating our neighborhood as a Level 1 arboretum,” said East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association President Samantha Gross. “This accreditation furthers our efforts to increase our community’s tree canopy and acknowledges the dedication of our Tree Tenders program.”
A Level 1 arboretum accreditation requires a governance group to create an arboretum plan, choose the appropriate trees, oversee the plantings and related application processes. The EPX group considered this task labor of love, expanding on its prior work to beautify the neighborhood. EPX has been planting street trees through the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Tree Tenders program in cooperation with the City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department for the past 10 years. PHS’s Tree Tenders program trains volunteers in tree planting, care, and maintenance and has produced more than 5,000 Tree Tenders over the program’s lifetime.
For the EPX arboretum, They specifically chose tree species to survive and thrive as street trees, which is critical because the area has limited green space. Tree canopy cover in the neighborhood is in the range of 3%, one of the lowest in the City of Philadelphia. EPX’s goal, through the arboretum accreditation and its continued partnership with Tree Tenders, is to continue its work to increase the tree canopy cover to the City’s goal of 30% to reduce heat and beautify the neighborhood.