Can I get the Town to plant a tree in front of my house?

Yes, but maybe not tomorrow. The process for requesting a tree planting:

Street Tree Planting: Let's assume there is no street tree in front of your property. A street tree is usually defined as one in the public Right-of-Way, roughly, between sidewalk and street. Send or bring your request to the attention of the Superintendent of Public Grounds and Tree Warden Christopher Filadoro, Department of Public Works (DPW), phone number 781-274-8300, ext. 8355 (email Christopher Filadoro). The DPW will take a look to see if the planting strip is wide enough - usually 4 feet minimum - or otherwise suitable. If it is, this spot will go on a waiting list for planting.

Front-Yard Planting: If the Right-of-Way is found to be unsuitable, you may request a street tree to be planted on your own property close to the street-side. The Town's Setback Planting Agreement provides for the planting of a tree "off berm" on your property, at no cost to you. You will sign an agreement that you will care for the tree, and at the end of the year, you will assume full ownership and responsibility for it. (If it dies within one year, the Town will replace it.) To request a tree, email Chris Filadoro. Please give your full name, street address, email address and phone number. Prior to the planting season, you will be contacted by a member of the Tree Committee to discuss the tree planting location in the setback area in the front of your property, select a tree from available species at the time, and sign the Setback Agreement Form. All requests will be kept on file. Note: Twenty trees are being planted in the fall of 2011 and the planting lists for the fall and spring of 2012 are filled. Make your request now to be on the waiting list for 2013 and beyond. You could be moved up the list if or when there are openings.

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