Legacy Maple at Watertown Public Library
WELCOME to the website for Trees for Watertown, Watertown's volunteer citizen tree advocacy group!
     Trees for Watertown's mission is to care for our community and
     environment, by

     • promoting the planting and preservation of shade trees
     • serving as an educational resource as to the beauty,
       value, and requirements of trees
     • collaborating with town departments, local, regional
       and national organizations, and the public to support a
       healthy urban forest in Watertown, Massachusetts.

                                       Find TFW on facebook


Interested in requesting a public shade tree for the street in front of your home?   That's great!

Here's a link to Watertown DPW's Tree Request Form. 
Please fill out the form and send it by mail or email to
Watertown Tree Warden Greg Mosman
124 Orchard Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Thank you for attending!
SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021, 10 - noon
a free Symposium on 

Did you miss the symposium?
Read about it here
You can watch it on YouTube here

TFW, the Watertown Environment and Energy Efficiency Committee, and your friends and neighbors
joined together to hear and discuss presentations on
how important trees are in helping
make our city liveable in a weirding climate
 practical things we can do to grow our community forest
and to help our trees thrive!

Click here for more information from the Symposium.

Help Re-Green Watertown by requesting
a public shade tree in front of your home!
Click here to learn more.

Held Wednesday, November 11, 6 - 7:30 pm
A community welcome to
Gregory Mosman, MCA
Watertown's new Forestry Supervisor-Tree Warden
at TFW's 2020 Annual Meeting!
See the TFW Calendar for a link to the Zoom recording.

Special Community Event
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 10am - noon
Watertown Free Public Library

         How can trees help us, now and in the future?
    What can you do?  How can Watertown assist you?

Please come join the Watertown Environment and Energy Efficiency Committee, Watertown Faces Climate Change, TFW, and your friends and neighbors
on March 23 at the Library for this event!

Trees & Climate Change image

TFW's 2017 pilot Teen Tree Stewardship program continued in 2018 with a new name:  Teens for Trees.

Here's the T4T 2018 team! 

T4T 2018 Team

The Summer 2018 program was a great experience for the teens and tremendously helpful for Watertown.  Please take a look at the T4T 2018 Final Report to see what our hardworking 2018 T4T interns did and learned, and a list of the many Watertown community contributors, companies, and programs whose support made our 2018 program possible!

Interested in learning more about this program,
for instance how to apply, or how to support it?
Click on the photo above to go to the Teens for Trees website.

Photo:  Craig F. Walker/Boston Globe Staff

February 2018:  TFW is delighted to continue this paid internship opportunity for Watertown teens in Summer 2018.  This is chance for students to contribute to Watertown, learning about the benefits of urban shade trees along with ways to meet the important challenges of ensuring a healthy urban forest. 

With input from arboricultural experts, an expanded group of teens will be helping support Watertown's urban forest in a variety of creative ways, including inventorying Watertown's public shade trees, providing watering and minor maintenance to new tree plantings, and developing creative ways to engage and educate their fellow Watertown citizens.

Planning and fundraising for the 2018 program is under way.  We do need financial support to expand this program! 

Interested in applying to this exciting program or in finding out more?  Visit the TFW Teens for Trees website!

Congratulations to the 2017 student winners of Trees For Watertown's Big Tree Contest!  

November 2017:  Big healthy city shade trees are good for human health, good for the environment, and good for community well-being.  TFW's Big Tree Contest gives Watertown students in Grades K through 8 an opportunity to win a prize for reporting the biggest Watertown tree they can find, with a focus on six specific tree species each year.  The biggest entry reported for each species wins a gift certificate to Belmont Book Store. 

Lily Finton with linden

Lily Finton with the winning 65" diameter Linden at 24 Garfield Street

Congratulations to the following four students for reporting the most impressive specimens of four contest species this year:  Cameron Burke from Cuniff School found a 63" diameter maple tree at 17 Nyack Street, Lily Finton from Hosmer School found a 65" diameter linden tree at 24 Garfield Street, Liiana Ng from the 3rd grade at Hosmer School found a 58" diameter oak tree on the Hosmer playground, and Ryland Schrader from Hosmer School found a 54" diameter sycamore on Casey Playground.

Three more students won Honorable Mentions for finding impressive trees that were not on this year's contest list but are nevertheless worth noting.  Nairi Davidian from the Lowell School found a 49" diameter willow tree at 239 Edenfield Avenue; Caleb Kaufman from the Cuniff School found a 34" diameter spruce tree in Ridgelawn Cemetery, and Annabel Sasser from the Atrium School found a giant beech measuring 79" in diameter at 249 Common Street.  Annabel also found a huge rare pignut hickory tree at 183 Common Street. 

Next year the Big Tree Contest will be back.   Tell your kids to get ready for next year's contest by keeping an eye out for big beautiful trees in Watertown! 

Trees for Watertown is a non-profit volunteer citizen group dedicated to caring for our community and environment by making sure Watertown neighborhoods are beautified and protected by healthy shade trees, now and long into the future.

June 30, 2015:  Watertown Town Council unanimously approved the following tree-protective language in Watertown's Design Guidelines:

Design must allow for proposed trees to grow to their mature size.  Planning documents should specify measures to ensure that there is sufficient space for water penetration and root growth and that the location is appropriate to the mature size of the proposed tree.

This formal acknowledgement of the importance of trees as critical green infrastructure is a real first, a watershed moment for Watertown.  Now to make sure Watertown can follow through!

CLICK HERE for lots more news from Trees for Watertown.

CLICK HERE to download a brochure on
22 Benefits of Urban Shade Trees

Trees for Watertown's board meeting
usually takes place
on the third Wednesday of the month.
For the duration of the pandemic,
TFW's monthly meeting
will be taking place on line.

See the TFW Calendar page for meeting dates
and past meeting minutes.

Watertown citizens interested in trees are encouraged to attend!
Please drop us an email or call
to let us know you're coming.


Without adequate municipal supervision, and despite explicit tree-protective contract language, shade trees routinely suffer serious damage in road and sidewalk reconstruction work - especially their root systems. 

Loss of a healthy urban tree has major, long-term negative impact on its neighborhood.


Here's a picture from Cambridge of the minimum  protective barrier recommended during sidewalk construction work.  The tree well is fenced to protect this part of the tree's root system.  No materials are stored inside the tree's dripline.

Huron Ave Tree protection

This an example of a street tree with both trunk and root zone protection.   This kind of protection should be routine for street work.

If you observe construction or pruning activities that you feel may be damaging public shade trees,

Utility pruning can seriously damage trees. See below for an example of the aggressive pruning protocol Eversource (formerly NSTAR)

For email or text message announcements
about public shade tree hearings or
utility pruning schedules, go to Watertown's NOTIFY ME website and select Tree Warden.

NSTAR Utility Pruning, June 2010
NSTAR utility pruning example

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