Tree removal planned for Boston Common and the Public Garden

Existing stump along the Marlborough Gate in the Public Garden scheduled for removal
Existing stump along the Marlborough Gate in the Public Garden scheduled for removal

More than a dozen trees will be removed from the Boston Common and Public Garden this week by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. We wanted to let our members and larger community know that the Friends of the Public Garden is aware of this project and has been communicating with Parks and Recreation about it. The Friends is in agreement that the removal of these trees is necessary for the betterment of the parks.  The majority of the trees are Norway maples, an invasive species and are diseased and in a state of decline.  All remaining trees have structural defects that warrant removal. In addition to tree removal, stump removal of all these trees as well as several existing stumps will be taking place shortly after.

2 thoughts on “Tree removal planned for Boston Common and the Public Garden

    1. Representatives from the Friends of the Public Garden and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department serve together on a Horticulture Committee in coordination with the City Tree Warden. When trees are removed a variety of things are typically considered in deciding whether or not to replace them. For example, they consider how the area where the tree was functions without it, where the best locations are for new trees, and what the most desirable species are for the site.

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