Lancaster Tree Tenders


A collaborative effort, Lancaster Tree Tenders is an initiative of the Lancaster County Conservancy Urban Greening program with partners Lancaster City Alliance and the City of Lancaster. Our purpose is  “To increase and enhance Lancaster’s urban forest by engaging and empowering neighborhoods to plant and care for trees”. 

Have you ever planted a tree? We have! And we invite you to join us. In the last 18 months, the Lancaster Tree Tenders have helped plant 100 street trees and 350 saplings, identified over 500 planting locations, and mailed 1,000 letters offering free trees. In the process, we have engaged hundreds of volunteers who have received training and hands-on experience with planting trees.

City of Lancaster residents can visit our website to sign up for a free street or yard tree.

We feel passionate and energized by planting trees. They provide so many benefits to our City and its residents. Trees help reduce stormwater pollution, save on energy by reducing cooling costs, reduce air pollution, increase biodiversity, and beautify neighborhoods. Studies have also shown that trees increase pedestrian traffic in shopping areas, reduce crime, and help instill  a sense of community pride. 

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– Share this page on social media.

– Personally invite friends to donate.

– Join one of our planting events.

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Why Lancaster Tree Tenders?

Lancaster Tree Tenders was formed to solidify our efforts for a comprehensive program that engages the community and creates long term sustainable impact. Our purpose is  “To increase and enhance Lancaster’s urban forest by engaging and empowering neighborhoods to plant and care for trees”.  By engaging and training City residents we hope to capture storm water as part of the city’s effort to reduce pollution and runoff into rivers and Chesapeake Bay, increase biodiversity within the city, and beautify neighborhoods.  But urban trees can have a much bigger impact than that. Studies have shown that urban trees can help save energy by reducing cooling costs, have health benefits, increase pedestrian traffic in shopping areas, and have been correlated to reduced crime. Furthermore engaging community members in working together on ongoing projects has been shown to further increase community pride and reduce crime, making our efforts doubly important.

A collaborative effort, Lancaster Tree Tenders is an initiative of the Lancaster County Conservancy Urban Greening program with partners Lancaster City Alliance and the City of Lancaster. Our first planting took place fall 2015 in the NE of Lancaster City where neighbors and volunteers participated in a street tree training and planting of 28 trees on 5 City blocks. Efforts are underway for additional plantings in all quadrants of the City. These plantings are a wonderful demonstration of our efforts and the community engagement they create. Leading up to that date there will be a lot of fund raising, organization, and outreach that needs to be done and we will keep you apprised of our progress and events as they unfold.


What are the benefits of trees?
  • Large tree canopies reduce erosion and stormwater management costs
  • Annually, a single tree can prevent 3,440 gallons of stormwater from entering our combined sewer system
  • Well-maintained trees beautify neighborhoods, increasing property values
  • Trees reduce cooling and heating costs when strategically placed around buildings and roads
  • Studies have shown that trees provide mental and physical health benefits by mitigating noise, reducing stress, and improving air quality
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Tree planting day at Wharton Elementary

To learn more about the City of Lancaster tree program Click here.
Are you a City resident interested in planting trees? Find out more about the City’s Street Tree Planting Program here.

The Tree Benefit Calculator allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits individual street-side trees provide. This tool is based on i-Tree’s street tree assessment tool called STREETS. With inputs of location, species and tree size, users will get an understanding of the environmental and economic value trees provide on an annual basis.

 Franklin Terrace Tree Planting

The Lancaster County Conservancy Urban Greening and Stewardship programs recently completed an acre riparian buffer along the Conestoga Greenway and River in the Southeast of Lancaster City.

The property, known as Franklin Terrace is owned by the Lancaster City Housing Authority.  The goal of the project was to have a measurable impact on the tree canopy at this 13 acre property, while educating residents, neighbors, and students about the positive impacts of trees.  In addition to the buffer 40 street trees were planted last fall.  165 trees in total will help increase the tree canopy from an estimated 32% currently to close to 50%, creating a demonstration model neighborhood.

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Volunteers from the neighborhood, McCaskey High School and Alcoa joined Conservancy staff and volunteers for a morning of volunteer planting.  You can view images from the planting here Franklin Terrace Slideshow Oct 2013

This is one of several tree planting projects the Lancaster County Conservancy is undertaking to work with residents in planting more trees.  As part of the City of Lancaster Green Infrastructure Plan and the Save It! campaign the City has established goals to increase the City tree canopy which currently measures around 28%.

This project was made possible through a generous donation from the Alcoa Foundation





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Did you know?  For every 5% increase of tree canopy, stormwater runoff decreases by 2%. Help us plant more trees !
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