Tree Warden

Neighborhood Tree Planting Program

The City of Northampton's Tree Warden and Public Shade Tree Commission, in partnership with Tree Northampton, Inc., encourages neighbors to organize themselves and submit an application for a tree planting project, of at least 10 trees, in their neighborhood. Groups whose applications are accepted will work with Northampton’s Tree Warden to select trees, do site preparation, and plant trees at sites in their neighborhood.

What the City of Northampton and/or Tree Northampton will provide:

  • Consultation and guidance to select appropriate trees
  • Trees - when planted within the tree belt or on private property (setback tree) will become public shade trees in perpetuity, protected under MA General Law 87)
  • Mulch
  • Water
  • Planting tools
  • Assistance and expert guidance on planting day from the Tree Warden and at least one other professional
  • Pruning of young trees as needed

The neighborhood is expected to commit to specific tasks on planting day and to diligent watering of trees for the first two years after planting. The more tasks your group can commit to, the stronger your application.

Applications are accepted year-round; however, only those applications received by NOVEMBER 1ST are considered for the following fall (October-December) planting season. **Deadline has been extended so that applications received by December 1, 2018 will be considered for Fall 2019 planting .

Application Process

Please review the preview of the application (pdf) to get a sense of the information required to submit an application.  After you have collected the relevant information, please fill out the online application.