Tree & Park
The Tree and Park Division maintains 110 parks and traffic islands throughout the town and strives to constantly make improvements with the assistance of other town committees to which we are extremely grateful. We maintain in excess of 1,000 acres of open space and over 10,000 public shade trees. We also provide assistance to various committees, boards and departments within the town.
Public Shade Trees
Public shade trees, which are defined as any tree located either partially or entirely within the layout of a public road, are protected under the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 131, section 40, the Public Shade Tree Act. Cutting, trimming or pruning or removal of any such tree requires a permit from the Tree Warden. In addition, no one may affix a notice, sign advertisement, or any other thing to a public street tree.
New Trees in Town
The Tree and Parks Department planted many new trees around town recently. They are hoping to solicit help from residents who live near these new trees to help with watering. It is very important for new trees to get as much water as possible in the first few months after planting. If you live near one of these new trees, it would be a great help if you could water it when possible. The newest trees have support cables and pink ribbons on them. Please abide by Aquarion's watering restrictions. Your help is appreciated. For any questions, please contact the Department of Public Works at 781-741-1430.
Our staff’s knowledge and experience is a great asset to the town and we would be happy to discuss any questions regarding the care and maintenance of trees and shrubs. If there is a town tree that should have the condition evaluated or needs attention please call the DPW 781-741-1430.