Tree Management

Tree Protection & Enhancement Programs

Tree Preservation Bylaw

For information about tree protections on Private Property, please see Section XVIE: Tree Protection & Preservation of the Wellesley Zoning bylaws on page 123, or read this brief summary.

Public Shade Tree Replacement Program

The NRC, which acts as the Town's Tree Wardens in conjunction with the Department of Public Works, manages a proactive and ambitious public shade tree management program that preserves and protects more than 3,000 Town-owned trees for the enjoyment of the public and the enhancement of Wellesley's environment. Routine maintenance is conducted on a four-year cycle to provide adequate safety pruning to all of these trees.

Tree Care
The care includes:
  • Management of New Trees for One or Two Years
  • Storm Damage Repairs; Shade and Park Tree Planting
  • Tree and Stump Removals as Necessary
  • Vandalism Repairs as Needed
  • Other Tree Care According to Need
Trees are essential to Wellesley's character as a green, shady, residential town.

Tree planting;
  • Adds Beauty
  • Buffers Weather Changes
  • Helps Prevent Climate Change Through Carbon Absorption
  • Improves Air Quality
  • Inspires Tranquility
  • Maintains Wellesley's Property Values and Quality of Life
  • Reduces Erosion
  • Reduces Sound and Glare
  • Replenishes Groundwater
  • Screens Unsightly Areas
  • Separates Incompatible Uses
At Town Meeting this year, $40,000 was appropriated for new tree plantings throughout Town and for shade tree replacement of trees lost due to age, disease, storms and road reconstruction projects.

Through the Town's tree planting program, homeowners may request to have shade trees planted on your 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.

Public Shade Tree Removal Hearings & Appeals

Only when a public shade tree is severely diseased, is in substantial decline, or threatens public safety does the NRC and the Department of Public Works (DPW) propose to remove a tree, and then only after a Public Hearing that gives residents an opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions about the proposed tree removal. Wellesley has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for more than 30 years, honoring the Town's commitment to community forestry. Wellesley has held the designation for the longest period of any city or town in New England.

Contact Information & Additional Resources

Contact the NRC for more information about the tree program or to request a tree in your lawn by calling 781-431-1019, ext. 2294 or emailing us.

For more information, visit the Wellesley Department of Public Works Park and Tree Division Website.