Tree Committee

News and Notes

TREE THOUGHT:  To really feel a forest canopy we must use different senses, and often the most useful one is the sense of imagination.  Joan Maloof, Old-Growth Forest Network

A Delivery from the Thurlow's Cherry Hill Nursery 1916
The Thurlow's Cherry Hill Nursery circa 1916


... that National Grid maintenance work on Main Street will be continuing during summer 2021.

  • The  Tree Committee has heard from some WN residents that National Grid’s tree service, Davey Trees, has contacted them about pruning and potential tree removals.
  • The Tree Committee is interested in the possible impacts to the Main Street streetscape and is exploring the possibility of replanting trees at some future time.
  • If you would like to contact the Tree Committee about the Main Street trees, you can email us at


UPCOMING SPRING EVENTS - Tree Survey and Arbor Day Program

Arbor Day Celebration - Virtually:   Arbor Day is Friday, April 30. 
The Tree Committee is hosting a virtual community event that will provide information about the trees and forests of West Newbury. 

Schedule of Events

  • History of WN Trees - Friday, April 30 at 6:30 PM:  Join a Zoom teleconference about the history of forests and trees in West Newbury and New England.  Tree planting information will also be covered.  Because this is a visual program, please join by computer or appropriate mobile device; telephonic attendance is discouraged.  For the Zoom invitation details - click here
  • Tree Seedling Give-Away - Saturday, May 1 at 10:00 AM:  Pick up 1-2 tree seedlings from a table set up on the Library grounds.  It's first come, first serve until they are gone.  The honor system will be in effect.  Seedlings have been generously supplied by Jack Ingram, Certified Arborist, of Bartlett's Tree Experts.
  • Tree Identification - Saturday, May 1 at 11:00 AM:  Join a Zoom teleconference about identifying the forests and trees in West Newbury and New England.  Because this is a visual program, please join by computer or appropriate mobile device; telephonic attendance is discouraged.  For the Zoom invitation details - click here

Red Oak at Sunrise

Coming in May - Tree Survey
The Tree Committee plans to conduct a Town-wide survey this spring to find out what residents value about our Town’s trees and forests and what residents consider priorities for the Committee in the next few years. The survey will be distributed both electronically and in paper form. 

Reminder about Pruning:  Generally, NOW is the best time to prune when trees are still a bit dormant.  The timing is different, however, for some of our favorite flowering trees, so more investigation might be needed on individual species.   Here's a great guide to pruning with lots of information on when to prune - click here    Here's another great guide to pruning do's and don'ts - click here


EAB Action Needed NOW:  To find out what's happening and how to protect our ash trees, click on "Combatting Emerald Ash Borer" tab in the left column.  You can also:

  • View the Q&A teleconference with experts held on August 19th. click here.
  • Read the fact sheet on the EAB - click here. 
  • Limit the infestation by acting now

Three More Remarkable Trees Placed on Roster:  The newest additions to the West Newbury Roster of Significant and Remarkable Trees include two massive oaks along the Poorhouse Lane trail and a giant Balsam Poplar that still stands on the crest of the Main Street hill at the center of Town.  For more details on these trees, go to the Roster tab in the left margin or click on these links.  Poorhouse Lane Northern Red Oak.   Poorhouse Lane Eastern White Oak.   Main Street Balsam Poplar.

West Newbury Copper Beech - One of Our Largest Beauties
West Newbury Copper Beech - One of Our Largest Beauties

Do You Know a Tree that Might be Significant or Remarkable?  The Tree Committee invites you to nominate a tree for our Roster of Significant and Remarkable Trees.  To do this, download the Nomination Form and send the completed form to:  West Newbury Tree Committee, Town Office Building, 381 Main Street, West Newbury, MA  01985.  To download the Nomination Form, click here.  For more detailed information about the nomination process, click here.

Information on West Newbury Tree and Climate Change: To learn more about how climate change may affect the trees and forests of our Town, click here.          


Have a Good Idea for the Tree Committee or Want to Help Protect Our Trees?   The Tree Committee welcomes your participation in our activities and your ideas about how we might make a difference in our community as relates to protecting and preserving our trees and forests.  Let us know about your interest and suggestions at 

The West Newbury Tree Committee was established by the Board of Selectmen on 08/05/2019.  Its mission and charge are described via the tab located in the column on left side of this page.