About Us

Mark your Calendar!  

Pick up you Bare Root Trees Saturday April 25, 10 AM
Grove Park, 1383 Easton Road, Roslyn PA

Annual Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10 AM to 3 PM
10 AM raise the flag- join us as we raise the flag to mark Abington's 8th year as Tree City USA, and break ground to create TD Green Streets- a green pedestrian trail connecting Grove Park with residential streets and the local business district
10 AM to 3 PM plant and tend trees- many hands are needed to create a grove of trees at Grove Park!  We have trees to plant, water and mulch.  Learn by doing, with guidance of tree professionals.  family-friendly- fun for all ages!
10 AM to 3 PM- sign up for free Tree Tenders Training-  we rely on trained volunteers throughout hte year to plant and tend trees.  PHS TREE TENDERS training is available at no cost for our volunteers- May 5, 12 and 19, 6 to 9 pm at Abington Friends School
11 am to 2 pm- garden tool tuneup-  bring your garden tools and learn how to clean, sharpen, lubricate and properly use them- pruners, loppers, shovels, etc.
1 pm to 2 pm- rain barrel workshop- learn how to set up and use a rain barrel, and place your order for attractive and economic rain barrels
noon to 2 pm- Great American Cleanup of PA- lend a hand to clean up litter along Sandy Run Creek headwaters, within Grove Park
noon to 3 pm- watercolor exhibit and demonstration- see below!

Watercolor Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26, 2015, noon to 3 PM
tour the historic Grove house and enjoy our 2nd annual watercolor exhibit and demonstration , courtesy of the Abington Parks and Recreation Watercolor Workshop.  

Tree Tenders Training- at Abington Friends School
Three Thursdays- May 5, 12 and 19, 6 to 9 PM 
Free for all who volunteer with us to plant or tend trees

Let's Talk Trees- at Abington Free Library
Two Mondays- September 21 and October 5, 2015
7:00 to 8:30 PM

for details, please email abingtontrees@gmail.com

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:
  • Rita Stevens (chair)
  • John Kennedy
  • Tom Reber
  • Joe Ascenzi
  • Charlie Soboleski

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 are:
  • Terry Cinque
  • Tim Gilmour
  • Elaine Rosenberg
  • Glen Stevens
  • Kathy Weir