Taking Care of Our Trees

Photo by Steve Dunwell

We at the Friends of the Public Garden were very pleased with the Globe’s article about  the need for friends for  urban trees.  For over 40 years The Friends of the Public Garden has been working to ensure that not just the Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall have trees that are well cared for, but we join with other groups across the city  to advocate for  the care of trees throughout our  communities.

Boston is extraordinarily fortunate in that the city government firmly believes trees are an important part of the urban landscape.  However, with government budgets stretched so thin, we, the residents of the city, must become partners to help preserve the urban tree population, which sometimes means looking after our trees one tree at a time.   And we need Friends groups to do just that.  Friends groups can be folks on a block or can reach a much broader audience as we do.

We want to suggest that if you and your neighbors want to start a Friends group for your local greenspace, you should take advantage of a seminar given by the Boston Park Advocates.  What follows is an email describing what will be a fascinating presentation.   We hope to see you there.


Organizing your group and keeping it energized can be challenging for both new and experienced advocates. Join other park/open space advocates in this workshop with Paul Sutton, Urban Wilds Initiative Program Manager, Boston Parks and Recreation; Conrad Crawford, Director of Partnerships, DCR; and leaders from established park friends groups in Boston.  Presenters will share advice and experience about creating and building an effective friends group.  There will be opportunities to ask questions, and following the workshop there will be a networking lunch at a restaurant in Chinatown for those interested.

Where: The Metropolitan Community Room, 38 Oak Street, Chinatown
When: Saturday January 29, 2011
Time: 9:15am Coffee
9:30am -12:00pm Workshop
12:30pm Networking lunch
RSVP: nina@bostonparks.org

The Metropolitan is two blocks from the Orange Line’s New England Medical Center station, and a 10 minute walk from the Boylston Station on the Green Line.
Hourly parking is available in the Metropolitan’s public garage.

The workshop will cover topics relevant to newer groups and more established groups:

  • How to structure your friends group
  • Whether or not to incorporate
  • Recruiting key stakeholders in your community: individuals, youth, churches, businesses
  • Putting volunteers to work
  • Organizing activities and events
  • Relationships w/ park agencies
  • Advocating for your park

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