The Park and Tree Division is responsible for the care and upkeep of all of the Town's parkland, conservation land and other open spaces. It maintains all of the Town's athletic fields and active and passive recreation areas. It also maintains all Town-owned trees.
The Tree Management program preserves and maintains 7,000 shade trees for the enjoyment of the public and the enhancement of Wellesley’s environment. Routine maintenance is conducted to provide adequate pruning to all of these trees. The care includes: vandalism repairs as needed, storm damage repairs, pest control, poison ivy and other herbicide treatments in accordance with Town and State regulations, tree planting and watering, and management of new trees for one or two years, tree and stump removals as necessary, and other tree care according to need.
In addition, clearance requirements are maintained for streets and sidewalks where visibility and safety problems exist on Town-owned land.
Please be aware and keep your trees and shrubs pruned back to avoid obstructing abutting sidewalks and/or roadways. Plantings that obstruct the public right of way present a hazard to children walking to school, as well as to other pedestrians, and are a violation of the Town of Wellesley bylaw concerning use of public ways:
49.2 Use of Public Ways: No person shall throw, place or cause to be placed in any public way or public place in the Town, any tree, bush, or other planting, or any obstruction, or any garbage, fuel, building material, paper, cards, handbills, leaves, or rubbish of any kind, nor stones or rocks or other objects to act as curbing, except in such a place and manner as shall be directed by the Selectmen and except as hereinafter provided in section 49.2A.
Your cooperation is appreciated in keeping Wellesley safe for pedestrians.