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Posted on: October 25, 2023

[ARCHIVED] 40 Years As a Tree City USA Community

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Wellesley is marking a leafy milestone! 

At 40 years this year, Wellesley is the longest running active Tree City USA community in Massachusetts.  

Started in 1976, Tree City USA is one of the Arbor Day Foundation’s oldest programs. Program founders had a vision for a greener, healthier America, and hoped this initiative would inspire change on a nationwide level.

Wellesley is recognized as Tree City USA community by meeting the following standards:Tree City Plaque_2023

  • Maintaining a tree board or department
  • Having a community tree ordinance
  • Spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry
  • Celebrating Arbor Day (which takes place every April)

The Department of Public Works Park and Tree Division preserves and maintains 7,000 shade trees for the enjoyment of the public and the enhancement of Wellesley’s environment. 

Through the Town's tree planting program, Wellesley homeowners may request to have shade trees planted on their property. An inspection is performed for each tree request to determine that the site meets the following requirements:

  • The site is within 20 feet of the public way.
  • The site demonstrates a need for a tree due to a lack of trees and shade canopy.
  • The site will support the listed trees.
  • The homeowner agrees to properly water and care for the tree after planting.

 Learn about the Town’s Tree Canopy here, and contact the Natural Resources Commission to request a tree on your property.

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