News: Annual Arbor Day Celebration- April 22 (NOTE THE NEW DATE- TREES ARE TO ARRIVE EARLY!)

We seek to increase the tree canopy coverage and diversity to ensure a healthy environment. Our goal is to plant 100 mature trees each year, and tend them until they are well established.  The Shade Tree Commission selects trees appropriate for site conditions, and plants each spring and fall.  Trees are planted in public spaces including parks, schools, places of worship and shopping districts.

2017 Annual ReportThanks to all for caring for Abington's Trees!
Donate a Tree - Help Abington Go Green!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22... Arbor Day and more beautiful trees !

This April we celebrate Abington Township’s 10th year as a Tree City USA®, marking our commitment to conserving and enhancing our historical, cultural and environmentally important landscapes.     Properly placed and spaced trees clean and absorb storm water, increase property value, reduce traffic speeds, improve pedestrian safety, cool us down in the summer, enhance our health and more!

Join us in celebrating Arbor Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9 am to noon at Memorial Island.  Memorial Island is a wedge of land located on Old York Road across the street from the Abington Free Library, and adjacent to the new Penn State Dormitories. This park features many mature trees as well as the township WWII memorial. The Arbor Day event is part of a master plan to create a more formal gathering place that includes the township WWI, WWII and future memorials, and to provide a shady corridor between the new Penn State dormitories and the Noble Transit Center.  Lend a hand with planting and mulching trees.  Learn about proper use of tree tending tools and make some new tree friends!  This event is perfect for all ages and abilities.   No experience?  No problem!  Let us show you how.

Can’t join us?  Make a donation!  Every penny counts!

Check out our facebook page @AbingtonTrees or contact us at  

Check out the 2016 class of new trees!
  • Grove Park ­  Trees and shrubs  enhance the south entryway and walking path between the Roslyn Business District and the Dog Park, and all along the creek. The TD Charitable Foundation funded this project, and the Roslyn Business Association provided in kind services and materials. SInce the fall of 2015, we have planted over 50 trees at this site
  • Ardsley Community This year we planted over 40 trees here, including two block s of street trees and the front lawn
  • Penbryn Park  trees will provide shade for the playground area for years to come
  • Hallowell Park Kenmore Avenue, just west of Highland Avenue.  Check out the streetscape along Kenmore Avenue, and the new memorial trees at the south end of the park  


For further information, please email

Donate a Tree

Help Abington Go Green!
donate online or by mail

Choose your level of support.  
  • $25 provides everything we need to protect, water, weed and mulch a tree for 2 years until it is well established.  
  • $50  to $75 supports the purchase of healthy, native large shrub or ornamental tree suitable for planting in small spaces.  
  • $100 to $250 supports the purchase of a healthy, high quality native canopy tree.  
  • A donation of $500 fully supports site preparation, purchase of a special tree, a plaque and ongoing care of a memorial tree.  

The Abington Township STC was created in 1975. The Commission’s duties are provided in Chapter 42 of the Code of the Township of Abington. Some of these responsibilities fall under the auspices of a township department rather than the volunteer STC board.

Our mission centers on improving the canopy of trees across the township:

    1. We help residents and business owners understand the value of trees
    2. We help residents and business owners select, plant and care for trees
    3. We assist the township managers and commissioners manage our forest
The following priorities guide our work:

1.  Public participation and education
-Annual events
Arbor Day
Fall Tree Fest
Hands-on Learning
Scout Projects
Tree Tenders
Heritage Trees 
2.  Effective administration
      • Educate township commissioners and local effected officials on the value of trees
      • Establish a master tree plan for Abington Township
      • Identify and establish effective mechanisms for comment and recommendations regarding site plans involving trees
      • Gain access to a consulting arborist to assist the STC and township officials in making informed decisions
3.  Preservation and protection of public and private trees
    • Identify and foster the preservation of legacy or historic trees
    • Collaborate with township, county, state and private environmental groups to identify and prioritize strategies for ensuring the sustainability of Abington't woodlands
    • Fundraising to support the above priorities
The Abington Township Shade Tree Commission is a volunteer organization, comprised of five members who are appointed by the Abington Township Board of Commissioners, each for a 5-year term.  Current appointees are:
  • Joe Ascenzi
  • Tim Gilmour
  • John Kennedy
  • Charlie Soboleski
  • Rita Stevens (chair)

The STC benefits significantly from the time and contributions from many, including associate members who participate regularly in STC meetings and events.  Current associate members include:
  • Bill Becker
  • Terry Cinque
  • Suzanne Franks
  • Ed Hayes
  • Kathryn Hemsley
  • Donna Rohner
  • Glen Stevens
  • Kathy Weir
Rita Stevens,
Nov 10, 2016, 12:29 PM
Rita Stevens,
Apr 24, 2016, 8:30 AM