More than 60 arborists from 10 different tree care companies visited Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Penn-Del Chapter’s annual Day of Service on Arbor Day.
Historic Fair Hill is a 300-year-old Quaker burial ground, a site of national recognition since 1703. This beautiful 4.5-acre burial ground was not always in great shape—with little attention and care, the grounds became desolate and trash-ridden. In the 1990s the community wanted to do something to bring the crime-ridden city back to its original glory and decided to start the burial ground restoration initiative.
“Fair Hill is now a beautifully well-kept oasis in Philadelphia,” Miller says.
Chris Miller, Davey’s King of Prussia residential tree services district manager and president of the ISA Penn-Del Chapter, organized an impressive crew of arborists on Arbor Day to continue the restoration project of the grounds.
“It’s a way for us to give back, side-by-side with competitors for a common cause,” Miller says.
Davey’s five-member team planted trees, pruned, cabled and removed hazardous trees on the grounds, including a tree that was overhanging a bus stop near the grounds.
“It is great to be part of industry that can unite for a good cause,” Miller says. “You don’t see competing companies in other industries come together like this.”
To learn more about the 300-year history of Fair Hill Burial Ground watch: http://ow.ly/MtT5x.