Green Space Initiative

Promote, plan for, and plant green spaces throughout Chestnut Hill


Enhancing Chestnut Hill’s urban village atmosphere, the Green Space Initiative was formed to coordinate the restoration, maintenance and expansion of the commercial, residential, and public green spaces in our community. Funded through events and contributions to the Chestnut Hill Community Association, the Green Space Initiative Fund, and Tree Fund. The Green Space Initiative presently consists of a consortium of residents, business people and representatives from community organizations including the Chestnut Hill Community Association, the Chestnut Hill Business Association, the Business Improvement District, Morris Arboretum, Chestnut Hill Conservancy, Chestnut Hill Tree Tenders. The inaugural project of the Initiative was the 2016 “re-treeing” of Germantown Avenue. 

Why Plant Trees?
Street trees have great environmental and financial benefits. The Green Space Initiative is continuing the work begun 50 years ago. In the 1960s the Chestnut Hill Community Association planted 50 ginkgo trees along Germantown Avenue. They have grown tall and beautiful, and many still line the Avenue turning a glorious golden hue in autumn. Street trees provide a canopy and setting for a connection to nature and the human senses. They create a more pleasant walking environment, absorb pollutant gases, provide oxygen and cool a hot summer pavement by up to 10 degrees. In addition, businesses on treescaped streets show a 12 percent higher income stream, and realtor-based estimates show street trees increase home or business values by as much as $25,000. 

Request to Plant a Street Tree in Philadelphia in 2022


Chestnut Hill's Green Space Initiative is funded through the CHCA's  Green Space Initiative Fund and the Tree Fund
Help us keep Chestnut Hill beautiful and green by donating to the CHCA's Green Space Initiative Fund, which supports Chestnut Hill Green Space Initiatives with greening efforts that include tree plantings. Past projects have included the Upper Water Tower Park landscaping, planting and replacing sick trees along Germantown Ave. and Bethleham Pike.

Click Here to make a tax-free donation: GSI FUND