Shade Tree Commission

Tree Removal

Is there a tree near the street on your property that needs to be removed?

We understand that sometimes trees need to be removed. In order to keep everyone safe, to protect our tree canopy and to inform the Borough, a permit is now required before a tree should be removed from the right of way. You can find the permit application on the Borough website here: If you have any questions, please reach out to the Borough Office.

If you have questions for the STC, please get in touch with the STC here:

Tree Planting – We Need Your Help!

Hello Friends and Neighbors, 

The Shade Tree Commission needs your help to plant 29 trees throughout the Borough on Saturday, November 19 at 9 AM.  We will gather for coffee, snacks and volunteer assignments in the parking lot behind Narberth Borough Hall.  

If you can help us throughout the morning, please sign up here:

We’re requesting that you sign up as a team if you can, but we have jobs for singles too! 

If you have questions, you can email Rick Tralies, the STC Chairperson, at

Thank you!

Shade Tree Commission – Vacancy

Narberth Borough has one seat available for the Shade Tree Commission. If you are a resident of
the Borough and are interested for the volunteer position, please submit a volunteer application form to prior to the Thursday, September 8, 2022, deadline.

Shade Tree Committee – 1 appointment
Length of term = 5 years
The five-member committee develops programming and budget
recommendations for the long-term preservation and enhancement of Narberth’s
tree canopy.

Volunteer Application Form

Desired experience and qualities –

1. Experience in horticulture, landscape architecture or landscape design, ecology, arboriculture and similar professions are preferred, but not necessary. A love of trees and this community are most important.  Tree-related knowledge or expertise is very helpful, but we can provide basic training through Tree Tenders/other sources. 

2.  Aside from tree-related expertise, we could also use someone who is interested or has experience in managing volunteers, managing data/GIS abilities, communications/graphics expertise, writing abilities and community engagement. Basically, when we do our tree plantings, we need to do a TON of coordination and just plain talking to residents and volunteers. You don’t need to be a tree expert to do that stuff. 

3. This may sound silly, but it really helps to have members who know a lot of people in the community. That’s how we get trees planted, through relationships. 

Expectations – 

1. Meetings – we typically meet 11 times per year, usually skipping one summer month. We expect members to attend at least 9 meetings.

2. Tree planting days – we plant trees twice a year, the weekend before Thanksgiving and a spring weekend around earth day (dates set by PHS).  We prefer members be able to participate in both plantings, but honestly, most of us have missed a planting day here or there.

3. Other work as assigned – coordination and communication w/ Borough staff, residents, and volunteers (especially in weeks leading up to planting days). Creating content for the website, borough blast, instagram, etc. Additional meetings w/ borough staff, residents, etc on an as needed basis.

4. General availability- we expect members to read and respond to emails, texts, phone calls a few times a week/ as necessary. 

5. Training – we expect all STC members to complete PHS’ Tree Tender training within their first year and become a certified tree tender.  We didn’t include any training $ in our budget, but PHS doesn’t cost a whole lot, so the Borough should be able to cover it. 


The Narberth Shade Tree Commission is getting ready for our Fall volunteer planting day. If you live in the borough and want to plant a tree along the street, or anywhere on your property, please fill out the form here:

You can choose from the following list of species:

  • Apple Serviceberry
  • Allegheny Serviceberry
  • American Hornbeam
  • Green Hawthorn
  • Yellowwood
  • Honeylocust
  • Carolina Silverbell
  • Black Locust
  • Sugar Maple
  • Hackberry
  • Kentucky Coffeetree
  • Swamp White Oak
  • Chinkapin Oak
  • American Linden

Orders are due in early September! 

After the incredible popularity of our past plantings, we’re limiting orders to 50 trees, so sign up soon!

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