Free trees for Radnor residents

RADNOR Radnor Township residents can get free shade trees for their yard this spring.

The tree giveaway is part of the Big Tree Program, a partnership of the Radnor Conservancy, the Chanticleer Foundation, and Radnor Township that has already led to planting more than 250 new shade trees around Radnor.

"The goal is to help replant the canopy of the township," said program coordinator Kimberley Donches. "Not ornamentals, but trees that will someday provide habitats for birds and everything else."

This is the first year residents can sign up to receive a sugar maple and white oak to plant on their own properties.

Residents will pick up their trees on April 26 at Radnor Township's municipal building, where they will also learn how to plant and care for new trees.

Donches said many residents have already registered for free trees.

"Because it was such a terrible winter, people lost so many trees in their yard due to the ice storm," she said.

Residents can register to receive a tree at Once the more than 100 available trees are reserved, names will be added to a waiting list. - Laura McCrystal