In 1992 the Board of Supervisors created the Shade Tree Commission under Ordinance 92-11, which was then revised under Ordinances 02-1 and 03-02. The Board renamed the commission in 2003 to be known as the Shade Tree Advisory Commission. The purpose of the commission is to assist in the administration of the provisions of the Shade Tree ordinance. The Board of Supervisors encourages the planting and maintenance of attractive and desirable shade trees along streets, sidewalks and pathways, and other planting easements for the benefit of present and future citizens of the Township. The Shade Tree Advisory Commission is made up of five volunteers, appointed by the Board of Supervisors. They meet on the last Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted, at 6:00 PM at the Hanover Township Municipal Building located at 3630 Jacksonville Road.
You may not remove a live tree in the Township right-of-way without a permit and permission from the Shade Tree Advisory Commission. You must get a permit and replace any tree that has died in the Township right-of-way or in a planting easement on your property. Only those types of trees listed on the Approved Shade Tree List may be used to replace an existing shade tree. Additional information is provided for Planting, Pruning, Mulching and Watering
Street trees in the Township right-of-way are NOT allowed to be topped, which is the drastic cutting of a tree’s branches. In fact this could harm the tree and be a hazard. A healthy tree provides shade and reduced energy costs to you and your family. A properly maintained tree increases property values. Trees also clean the air and provide homes for small animals and birds.
Please note that when time permits the Township trims trees overhanging the roadway to provide proper clearance for vehicles. If you don’t want your trees trimmed by the Township please have your trees trimmed regularly.